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Who is entitled to be a WG member and how?

Membership is open to any United Nations Member State. If you are interested in attending a meeting or organizing training you should contact The Secretariat.

Who has used the WG questions and how do I see their results?

Every year in preparation for the annual meeting, the WG asks member countries to report their own use of WG questions sets: the WG-SS, WG-ES or CFM. Results of this accounting are…

Who has endorsed/used the WG questions?

The WG-SS has been used in censuses or surveys in over 75 countries, has been promoted by international aid programs (DFID/UK and DFAT/Australia) as the means to collect disability data in all…

Who are the Washington Group?

The Washington Group (WG) on Disability Statistics is a United Nations Statistics Commission City Group formed of representatives of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) working on…

Where is the best place to add the Short Set to a census or survey?

This module of six questions is best situated either at the beginning of a survey questionnaire (together with the demographic information collected on household family members) or towards the…

Where can the WG Short Set questions be applied?

The WG-SS questions were originally developed for censuses and large population-based surveys. The WG-SS was designed as a core set of questions for self- or proxy-reporting of functional…

When does disability begin? Identifying the age of onset

When does disability begin? Identifying the age of onset When a disability starts affects how that disability influences someone's life. How can we add to the Washington Group questions to collect…

What is the purpose of the WG?

A UN International Seminar on Disability Measurement held in 2001 highlighted the need for standard principles and measures of disability in all national data collection systems and the…

What is the purpose of the introductory statement? Can it be changed?

The introductory statement (The next questions ask about difficulties you may have doing certain activities because of a HEALTH PROBLEM) was included for the purpose of transitioning from topic to…

What is the purpose of collecting data on disability?

Three main purposes for the collection of disability data have been identified: Monitor the Population: to understand the scope of disability in a population for evaluating policies and…

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