These documents provide guidance on data analysis and calculation of the recommended indicators on prevalence of children with disabilities in the population using the Module on Child Functioning. The tabulation plan provides the template for presentation of the data analysis and calculation of the indicators. The tabulation narrative provides the algorithms with explanations on each table presented in the tabulation plan.
“Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.
This document provides information on the background of the Module on Child Functioning, the rationale for its development, as well as the process of rigorous testing and review undertaken to ensure validity of the questionnaire.
The Washington Group/UNICEF Module on Child Functioning, finalized in 2016, covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions.
The Washington Group/UNICEF Module on Child Functioning, finalized in 2016, covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions. To better reflect the degree of functional difficulty, each area is assessed against a rating scale. The purpose is to identify the subpopulation of children who are at greater risk than other children of the same age or who are experiencing limited participation in an unaccommodating environment. The set of questions is intended for use in national household surveys and censuses.
Field testing a draft version of the UNICEF/Washington Group module on child functioning and disability
Global child disability data are generally non-comparable, comprising different tools, methodologies and disability definitions. UNICEF and The Washington Group on Disability Statistics have developed a new tool on child functioning and disability to address this need. The aim of this paper is to describe the development of the new module, and to present an independent field test of the draft module in two contrasting settings.
This edition of The State of the World’s Children argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. The flagship publication contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being.
The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.
This visualization is based on UNICEF’s key statistics on child survival,
development and protection with data as of June 2016.
A Key to Inclusion: A video highlighting the critical importance of collecting data on child functioning and disability, on its feasibility and on its powerful results. The video addresses a new series of questions put together by UNICEF/Washington Group on Disability Statistics that go beyond labels and diagnoses to explore children’s actual experiences and the difficulties that they encounter in performing daily activities.
This poster shows a timeline of the development of the UNICEF/Washington Group module on child functioning from the establishment of the technical working group on child functioning in 2009 to the online release of the module in 2016.
Navigating the landscape of child disability measurement: A review of available data collection instruments
The purpose of this paper is to describe the varying scope and content of data collection instruments on child disability and to provide a historical snapshot of the rates of reported disability among children. A total of 716 data sources were identified, corresponding to 198 countries covering more than 95% of the world’s children. The findings reveal a lack of consistent definitions and measures of disability, which contribute to major challenges in producing reliable and comparable statistics.
This eleventh edition of Progress for Children is UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It presents latest data that show while the MDGs helped drive tremendous advances in the lives of the world’s children, development efforts in the past 15 years failed to reach millions of the most disadvantaged. The report spotlights where the international community must now focus attention and action to reach the most vulnerable children and achieve sustainable growth.
For countries to fulfill their commitments under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as to inform and support the monitoring of future international development goals, there is an urgent need for countries to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyze, understand, use and disseminate data on children with disabilities in a manner that is accurate and comparable across different settings, countries, and populations. To help strengthen local capacities, UNICEF and the Washington Group on Disability Statistics have developed a training package on the measurement of child disability.
The purpose of this booklet is to help readers understand why data on children with disabilities are currently inadequate, the difficulties that surround the gathering of high-quality data on disabled children, and why there is a real need to improve the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of disability data.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. The Executive Summary features many of the elements that are highlighted in the main interactive online report, including the extraordinary stories of young innovators. It also presents key statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, areas and regions.
The 2015 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.
Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with over 1 billion inhabitants, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.Read More
The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished.Read More
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As people look to the future of human wellbeing, data will play an increasingly important part in identifying inequities and in informing and evaluating interventions so these are responsive and accountable to the world’s 2.2 billion children, especially those so far excluded from the benefits of development.
This 8-page brochure presents key statistics on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.Read More
Launch of the SOWC 2014 in Numbers. Every Child Counts: Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights
Tessa Wardlaw, Claes Johansson and Attila Hancioglu, Data and Analytics Section and Abid Aslam, Division of Communication, UNICEF.
The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers.
Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.Read More
The UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 highlights how UNICEF, in close collaboration with UN agencies and Member States, is making a direct contribution to the dissemination and use of information for decision making.Read More
Claudia Cappa, Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF & Mitchell Loeb, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.
In this edition of the MDG report, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights several milestones in the foreword: “The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, as has the target of halving the proportion of people who lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water. Conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been ameliorated—double the 2020 target. Primary school enrolment of girls equalled that of boys, and we have seen accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.”Read More
The 2013 edition of UNICEF’s flagship publication The State of the World’s Children focuses on children with disabilities.Read More
This edition of Progress for Children sets out who adolescents are, where they live, what they do, what their problems are and how their needs are – or are not – being met.
This edition of The State of the World’s Children explores the increasingly urban experience of childhood. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns.Read More
The UN Secretary General’s MDG Report 2011 presents the most up-to-date information on the progress made to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 2015.Read More
In the foreword to this State of the World’s Children 2011 edition, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF writes: “Adolescence is not only a time of vulnerability, it is also an age of opportunity. This is especially true when it comes to adolescent girls. We know that the more education a girl receives, the more likely she is to postpone marriage and motherhood – and the more likely it is that her children will be healthier and better educated. By giving all young people the tools they need to improve their own lives, and by engaging them in efforts to improve their communities, we are investing in the strength of their societies.”Read More
‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs.Read More
In this sixth edition of the MDG report published annually, a thorough review of the progress made toward reaching the MDGs by 2015 is presented. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, writes: “The Millennium Development Goals are still attainable.Read More