Strengthening national capacity to collect, analyse and disseminate data on children with disabilities

To fulfill their commitments under the CRPD 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 an introductory webinar and regional workshops on the measurement of child disability.

The main audience for the workshops comprises of experts and practitioners with a particular interest or responsibility in child disability. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Representatives of National Statistical Offices;
  • Government staff, in particular those responsible for child disability programme development and implementation;
  • Monitoring and evaluation specialists from within the sector;
  • Local researchers and academics;
  • Representatives of Disabled Peoples’ Organizations;
  • Child disability practitioners.

Learning objectives for the workshops are for participants to:

  • Understand the concepts, models, and measures of child disability;
  • Have acquired increased knowledge of main issues related to the collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of data on child disability;
  • Be able to develop a comprehensive data collection plan, with clear objectives, indicators, and appropriate data collection methods and tools;
  • Have deepened their knowledge of how to read and interpret data on children with disabilities;
  • Understand how to disseminate and use data effectively to promote the rights of children with disabilities.

The first workshop held was a national level workshop in Tunisia, over 5 days in February, 2015. It was organized in partnership with the UNICEF Tunisia Country Office, and brought together 34 participants from the National Statistics Office, Government agencies, as well as representatives from local Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs) and other civil society groups.

The second workshop took place over 5 days in July, 2015 in Geneva, and was organised in collaboration with the CEE/CIS UNICEF Regional Office. 112 participants from 26 countries across the Central and Eastern Europe and CIS region took part, representing National Statistics Offices, Government agencies, UNICEF staff, and civil society.

The third workshop was organised for representatives of DPOs in response to expressed interest. It was organised following the 9th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and held in New York. 20 representatives from 14 international DPOs participated in the 2-day workshop.

The fourth workshop was organised for the Latin America and Caribbean region, in collaboration with the UNICEF Regional Office in October 2016 in New York. In addition to countries from the region, delegations from Thailand, Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands also participated in the workshop. 87 participants representing National Statistics Offices, Government agencies, national and regional DPOs, academia, and UNICEF staff took part in the 4 day workshop.

In 2017, three additional workshops were organized. A second workshop for DPOs was organised in New York during the 10th Conference of States Parties for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June. 20 representatives from international DPOs were in attendance from 10 countries. In September, a four-day workshop focusing on the East Asia and Pacific region, but open to all regions was held in New York with 43 participants from 19 countries from 5 UNICEF regions. Finally, a workshop focusing on the West and Central Africa region was held in November in Dakar. Over 100 participants represented 22 out of 24 WCA countries, as well as 4 additional countries from the Eastern and Southern Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions.