New Zealand proposes Data-driven disability plan

Asia-Pacific, August 17 2016

The New Zealand government is planning to develop a Disability Plan that would ensure that government agencies have the data necessary to make informed, evidenced-based policy decisions on New Zealand’s disabled community.

Improving the availability of quality information about New Zealand’s disabled community will lead to better decision-making by government agencies, Statistics Minister Craig Foss and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say.

The Ministers opened consultation on the development of a Disability Plan to ensure government agencies have the data necessary to make informed, evidence-based policy decisions.

“The plan will help develop a shared understanding of the strengths and potential gaps in statistics about persons with disabilities in New Zealand,” Mr Foss says.

“The first stage in this project is to develop ‘enduring questions’ — questions that identify the areas where more information is needed. The consultation process is focused on finding out if we have identified the right enduring questions.”

Ms Wagner says the need to improve data collection and statistics on persons with disabilities is a key recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Independent Monitoring Mechanism.

“Monitoring the key aspects of the lives of persons with disabilities compared with others helps to ensure the rights of all people are being upheld. It also builds understanding around the outcomes of persons with disabilities over time.

“We’d really like to receive feedback from a wide range of people to help ensure the enduring information needs are understood and agreed as broadly as possible across the community.”

The consultation process is open until 9 September 2016.  For more information: http://www.odi.govt.nz/what-we-do/better-evidence/index.html

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