National Disability Inclusion Strategy

Monitoring the National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Inclusion Strategy (2017-2021) is a coordinated and planned approach, across Government Departments, to promote greater inclusion by people with disabilities in Irish society. Key foundations include the Equality legislation, which outlaws discrimination against people with disabilities, among others, and the Disability Act 2005, which gives legal effect to the principle that mainstream public services should serve people with disabilities alongside other citizens ('mainstreaming').

A National Disability Strategy Implementation Group is driving the implementation of the Strategy. This group comprises senior officials of key Government departments; the National Disability Authority and the Disability Stakeholder Group, which comprises six disability umbrella groups and individuals with lived experience of disability.

The National Disability Authority is working on a suite of indicators to monitor the outcomes achieved under the Strategy.


Indicators are regarded as playing a vital role in the identification of trends and issues while contributing to the process of priority setting, policy formulation and the evaluation and monitoring of progress. The indicators presented here are not intended to capture every aspect of progress, but rather to signal progress in key areas, and with the focus on outcomes achieved for people with disabilities rather than on actions undertaken. It is considered a ‘living document’ and will change over time as new data sources become available.

Data issues

To monitor progress of the National Disability Strategy over time, data sources are required that are regularly updated. With this in mind, many of the indicators being used to measure progress are derived from existing data sources such as the Census, Labour Force Survey, administrative datasets, and data from Eurostat. There may also be a need for the NDA to commission specific surveys to gather data that are not readily available.

Our approach will be to use the indicators to paint an overall picture of progress (or lack thereof) under thematic headings, and therefore the NDA analysis of how the various data interact, and the interplay with other information, will be a critical part of this work. It is proposed that an interim progress report will be developed in 2019, the mid-point of the strategy and a final report developed in 2021/22. The NDA will have due regard to compliance with General Data Protection Regulations throughout this work and will adhere to best practice in all data collection and analysis.

Page last updated: 20 September 2018

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