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Regional Guidebook to Improve Disability Data Collection and Analysis in the Arab Countries

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This regional Guidebook explores the different approaches in design, implementation and analysis of disability data collection in the Arab countries, in view of improving the standardization and implementation of the Washington Group Short Set on Functioning and related indicators used to capture data on people with disabilities.

It highlights the weaknesses and strengths of data collection and analysis in the region, and recognizes its experience in implementing the key principles, concepts of the Washington Group Short Set approach in a variety of survey types.  The report suggests improvements are needed in terms of moving forward in the implementation of the questions sets, and presents the recommended Arab Washington Group Extended Short Set on Functioning (AWG-SS+), and puts forward sets of recommendations to further produce and disseminate the harmonization and comparability of disability data on a number of levels region wide.