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Will the WG Short Set capture all people experiencing difficulty in functioning?

The WG-SS will identify most, but not all, people with disabilities WG-SS questions were not designed to measure all aspects of difficulty functioning that people may experience, but…

Why don’t the WG questions use the word “disability”?

‘Disability’ is a word whose meaning can vary not only across cultures but among people in the same culture.  Moreover, in some cultures the term is associated with shame and/or stigma. In order…

Why do we need data on child functioning and disability?

Information on children with disability is necessary in order to: understand the situation of children with disabilities in terms of child development, and with respect to prevalence, social…

Why do the Washington Group anxiety and depression questions take a different form than questions in other domains?

The Washington Group (WG) uses a functional approach in its data collection tools as opposed to other approaches that ask directly if someone has a disability, has conditions or impairments that can…

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…

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