The demand for disability data: Nossal hosts drop-in clinic

Disability data clinic hosted following research into the use of the Washington Group questions on disability in development and humanitarian programming.


With global commitments to leave no-one behind, development organisations are under increasing pressure to collect and disaggregate data by disability in program monitoring, evaluation and learning. To better understand the challenges organisations are facing, Nossal’s Disability Inclusion for Health and Development team recently completed research into the use of the Washington Group questions on disability in development and humanitarian programming. This work was in partnership with CBM Australia and funded by the Australian Government.

Following this research, Nossal hosted a disability data clinic from June 26th to 28th. Participants were invited to book a 45-minute consultation to ask questions or discuss any concerns they may have concerning disability data. Over the three days, 24 participants from 16 organisations took up the offer, including representatives from the Australian Government, UN agencies, disabled people’s organisations and non-government organisations from Australia, Asia, the Pacific and as far away as the United Kingdom.

The experience of participants varied, with some just starting to consider disability data in their work and others already well-established. Queries ranged from advice on the best available and most suitable tools for different programming purposes, to tips for using software for analysis and issues of data privacy.

Evidently, demand for guidance on disability data is strong and Nossal is committed to delivering practical solutions to those working on the front line of health, development and humanitarian programming.

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