- November 26, 2020

On 21 October 2020 the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the International Disability Alliance, and CBM Global Disability Inclusion officially launched the very first comprehensive disability data advocacy toolkit at a session during the UN virtual World Data Forum. On 12 November, the same group hosted a webinar to share more information about the toolkit. You can and access the disability data toolkit here and find the webinar recording here.

The disability data advocacy toolkit was created in response to increasing interest and requests from persons with disabilities and their representative organizations from all over the world. The aim of this toolkit is to contribute to the growing global dialogue on the importance of data on persons with disabilities, specifically to provide some basic knowledge on data collection, analysis, and use of data for evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and decision-makers.

The toolkit highlights two particular aspects of the journey on data, starting first with the need for data, so that we understand the real situation of persons with disabilities, to identify gaps that are not addressed through policies and/or to provide examples of successes. The second aspect the toolkit touches upon is once the data exist. It is important to understand how to analyze, use and trust data for creating advocacy messaging. The toolkit includes case studies in which OPDs have been involved in both of these aspects.

In conclusion, there is no excuse not to have data on persons with disabilities or to include OPDs in data collection and interpretation efforts. Persons with disabilities and their representative organizations are the experts on issues affecting them and are generating community-driven data to complement official statistics. With the guidance of the toolkit, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations can respond in a highly professional manner to data needs. For additional information, please click here.

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