The Disability Stocktake is part of the Programme of Official Social Statistics (POSS) led by Statistics New Zealand. The programme aims to provide a robust foundation for the development and evaluation of evidence-based social policy through improved measurement of New Zealand’s social well-being. One important element of POSS involves investigating the potential for using administrative sources of data to produce official statistics.
The Disability Stocktake arose out of a need to gain a better understanding of administrative data on disability. This stocktake will help to identify gaps in available data. It will also assist the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) to monitor the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, and is consistent with objective 10 of the Disability Strategy, which is to “collect and use relevant information about disabled people and disability issues”.
In addition, the Disability Stocktake is an initial step towards investigating the potential statistical uses of administrative data on disability and will also assist the redevelopment of the 2011 Disability Survey.
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