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What If Here Were No Washington City Group?

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International Measurement of Disability

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series ((SINS,volume 61))

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The Washington City Group, formed by the United Nations Statistical Commission, is a strong impetus for progress in disability statistics among nations. The Group tackles contentious issues related to complex matters of definitions, concepts, classifications, statistical methods, tabulation, analysis plans and policy relevance of data. The Group: (1) Resolves contradictory survey research methods and approaches to disability; (2) Incorporates internationally agreed definitions, concepts and classifications into proposed statistical guidelines; (3) Increases participation and representation of persons with disabilities in statistical planning; (4) Pilots disability survey questions across nations, regions, cultures and languages; and (5) Seeks ways to identify policy implications from the test results. The Washington Group is in a position to propose international statistical standards and guidelines for monitoring population shifts in functioning and disability. It succeeds in its goals when it carries its proposals back to the United Nations Statistical Commission for review, approval and implementation.

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Chamie, M., Heumann, J. (2016). What If Here Were No Washington City Group?. In: Altman, B. (eds) International Measurement of Disability. Social Indicators Research Series, vol 61. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28498-9_18

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