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In 2013, the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs developed a data hub on the living conditions of people with disabilities and LGBTIQ people. It responded to the need voiced by various policymakers and civil society actors both at national and local level to have access to systematised knowledge and statistics in their respective fields. Before the adoption of this practice, users had to resort to more fragmented data sources.
The Directorate first commissioned Statistics Norway to identify which of their data sources would be relevant for the purposes of this hub.
In addition, the Directorate mapped available sources, such as administrative data, different registers and qualitative data. The Directorate then convened expert groups with representatives of civil society organisations, researchers, and other government bodies, which suggested additional data sources.
As a second step Statistics Norway produced a list of indicators to monitor the living conditions of people with disabilities and their participation. This provided the foundation of the data hub in the field of disability. The indicators, which are mainly based on surveys, are grouped in seven areas of life, namely: 1. Family, network and safety; 2. Satisfaction, health and need for assistance; 3. Participation and social contact; 4. Housing conditions; 5. Education; 6. Employment and work relations; and 7. Income and economic situation.
Whenever possible, data are disaggregated by sex and age, and most also by type of disability. The data hub also includes information on intersecting identities such as people with disabilities and LGBTIQ-people belonging to ethnic minorities.
The data hubs are updated as new statistics and research become available. The Directorate receives regular input from civil society actors and researchers. The wider public is also invited to provide feedback via the web pages.
Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Norway (Bufdir) / Barne-, ungdoms- og familiedirektoratet
Email: postmottak (at) bufdir (dot) no