Outcome 8 - Leadership

We have great opportunities to demonstrate our leadership

Our future and what needs to happen

We have opportunities and are supported to be leaders or role models in whatever field or level we may choose. Leadership for us includes doing great things on behalf of our country or at a national level, and also doing everyday ordinary things for ourselves, our families, whānau or communities. For example, we can be leaders in employment, through voluntary work or at a political level, both locally and nationally.

We are on a level playing field with others and are recognised for our skills, talents and leadership potential. We are supported to develop our leadership potential, and take responsibility for the pursuit and achievement of our goals. When we are young or have an emerging leadership role, we are supported and mentored.

When there are discussions and decisions on things that are important to disabled people, we have strong leaders who represent our views around the table. Our experience of disability is recognised as expertise, and we are acknowledged as experts in our own lives. This representation includes the diversity of the disability community, including the groups within our community who often have not had a voice.

When there are non-disabled people in leadership roles that are important to our community, in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, they will act as our allies and work closely with us. In this way they can use their influence to help break down the barriers that we experience and that disable us.

What this means:

  • Disabled people are consulted on and actively involved in the development and implementation of legislation and policies concerning leadership, in particular where this is specific to them.
  • Disabled people are recognised as experts in their own lives.
  • People in leadership roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors will be supported to see themselves as allies to the disability community. They will work in partnership with disabled people on things that are important to them.
  • Decision-making on issues regarding leadership, in particular those specific to disabled people, is informed by robust data and evidence.  

Actions

The action outlined below will help achieve this outcome. This work was started under the existing Disability Action Plan.   

5. Priority: Promote the involvement of Disabled People’s Organisations in the design and monitoring of the disability support system transformation

5 A: DPOs and government working together - joint work programme on involving DPOs in decisions that affect disabled people agreed by the Chief Executives’ Group on Disability Issues and Independent Monitors on 21 August 2013.

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Progress update

Scope of action

Progress update to September 2017

 

Status: Minor risks to achieving milestones - Orange (Partly complete. It has been rescoped, and actions 5a/b merged).

The Office for Disability Issues is waiting on the DPO Coalition to complete work funded by the MSD Capability Improvement Resource and Collective Governance training funded by Te Pou. Further discussion will then be had on any further work needed.

Action Milestones:

Work by DPOs to increase the diversity of disabled peoples' voices being heard by government agencies [on-going]

ODI to progress new arrangement for collective funding for DPOs (October 2016) [on-going]

  • The collective funding arrangement is for DPOs to engage with the Disability Action Plan.
  • This builds on DPOs' experience with capability development work to date.
  • DPOs are trialling new ways of managing their meetings, with support from ODI.

ODI: develop reasonable accommodation approach (November 2016) [on-going]

  • This is so government agencies are consistent in providing reasonable accommodations for DPOs' participation in the Disability Action Plan action activity.
  • The March 2017 Guidelines for DPOs meetings: costs and fees, agreed between ODI and DPOs, strongly features reasonable accommodation. ODI is working with government agencies on the feasibility of establishing a consistent and fair approach to reasonable accommodation generally.

Agreement to refresh the governance structure over the DAP [on-going]

  • Process to understand experiences under the relationship principles (November - December 2016)
  • Revised scope (November 2016)
  • ODI and DPOs to identify further activities to progress these two actions in 2017 (January/February 2017)

'Guidelines for DPS meetings: costs and fees' document developed (March 2017) [complete]

  • The Guidelines highligh reasonable accommodations for DPOs engaging with government agencies. It will inform a wider discussion towards a consistent approach by government agencies when working with DPOs under the Disability Action Plan.

Consider options for a collective contract (thoughout 2017) [on-going]

  • ODI is continuing to discuss with DPOs ways to make the meetings and working together processes more efficient and effective. The collective contract is to support DPOs engagement with government agencies and help build DPOs capacility, through devolving responsibility for the collective working together arrangements from ODI to the DPOs.

 

Lead: Office for Disability  Issues

DPOs contact: DPO managers 

Scope of action

Scope in development.

The action outlined below will help achieve this outcome. This work was started under the existing Disability Action Plan.  

5. Priority: Promote the involvement of Disabled People’s Organisations in the design and monitoring of the disability support system transformation

5 B: Improve DPO capability (individually and collectively) to engage with government agencies and their wider community, and consider representation of different population groups in DPOs.

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Progress update

Scope of action

Progress update to September 2017

Status: Minor risks to achieving milestones - Orange (Partly complete. It has been rescoped, and actions 5a/b merged).

The Office for Disability Issues is waiting on the DPO Coalition to complete work funded by the MSD Capability Improvement Resource and Collective Governance training funded by Te Pou. Further discussion will then be had on any further work needed.

Action Milestones:

Work by DPOs to increase the diversity of disabled peoples' voices being heard by government agencies [on-going]

ODI to progress new arrangement for collective funding for DPOs (October 2016) [on-going]

  • The collective funding arrangement is for DPOs to engage with the Disability Action Plan.
  • This builds on DPOs' experience with capability development work to date.
  • DPOs are trialling new ways of managing their meetings, with support from ODI.

ODI: develop reasonable accommodation approach (November 2016) [on-going]

  • This is so government agencies are consistent in providing reasonable accommodations for DPOs' participation in the Disability Action Plan action activity.
  • The March 2017 Guidelines for DPOs meetings: costs and fees, agreed between ODI and DPOs, strongly features reasonable accommodation. ODI is working with government agencies on the feasibility of establishing a consistent and fair approach to reasonable accommodation generally.

Agreement to refresh the governance structure over the DAP [on-going]

  • Process to understand experiences under the relationship principles (November - December 2016)
  • Revised scope (November 2016)
  • ODI and DPOs to identify further activities to progress these two actions in 2017 (January/February 2017)

'Guidelines for DPS meetings: costs and fees' document developed (March 2017) [complete]

  • The Guidelines highligh reasonable accommodations for DPOs engaging with government agencies. It will inform a wider discussion towards a consistent approach by government agencies when working with DPOs under the Disability Action Plan.

Consider options for a collective contract (thoughout 2017) [on-going]

  • ODI is continuing to discuss with DPOs ways to make the meetings and working together processes more efficient and effective. The collective contract is to support DPOs engagement with government agencies and help build DPOs capacility, through devolving responsibility for the collective working together arrangements from ODI to the DPOs.

 

Lead: Office for Disability  Issues

DPOs contact: DPO managers 

Scope of action

Scope in development.

The action outlined below will help achieve this outcome. This work was started under the existing Disability Action Plan.  

9. Priority: Increase government services’ responsiveness to disabled people

9 E: Implement the work programme of the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group, including a focus on Māori and Pasifika.

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Progress update

Scope of action

  1. Context: brief background, what is this action intended to achieve?
  2. Proposed scope
  3. Contributors/partners with lead – who is involved in this action?
  4. Reporting – key milestones/deliverables
  5. Risks
  6. Impact – what are we trying to achieve?
  7. Evidence base
  8. Related work

Progress update to September 2017

Status: Minor risks to achieving milestones - Orange

When the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group's work was initially scoped, there was no indication that indicators would need to be developed to monitor progress in the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy. The development of the Outcomes Framework has led to the re-setting of priorities for the work of the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group.

  • The Disability Data and Evidence Working Group has assisted Stats NZ to make improvements in the inclusion of disabled people in various household surveys. The Washington Group Short Set (WGSS) of questions to identify disabled people was included in the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) which is run every two years. The WGSS was also included in the June quarter of the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), and will continue to be included in each June quarter going forward. Finally, the WGSS will be included in the 2018 Census.

Action Milestones:

Government stocktake completed in May 2016 [completed]

  • Currently available on Office for Disability Issues website at: http://www.odi.govt.nz/what-we-do/better-evidence/index.html.

Stocktake of organisations outside government (August 2016) [completed, in September 2016)    

Consultation on and finalisation of enduring questions (August 2016) [on-going]

  • Documenting and prioritising a list of enduring questions was mostly completed in September 2016.
  • The enduring questions document will frame what data needs are prioritised to measure the indicators selected for each of the outcome domains in the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

Identify and prioritise initiatives to address gaps and deficiencies in meeting data needs (September 2016 to December 2016) [on-going]

  • The development of the New Zealand Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework will now determine what data needs are prioritised. The Disability Data and Evidence Working Group will be meeting in October 2017 to undertake an assessment of the data available and required to measure the indicators selected for each of the outcome domains in the Disability Strategy.
  • The social investment approach to the delivery of services to match disabled people's needs will also influence the data needs to be prioritised.

 

Lead: Office for Disability Issues, Statistics New Zealand

DPOs contact: Individual expert

 

Scope of action

1  Context: Brief background, what is this action intended to achieve?

In March 2011, the Government submitted its first report outlining progress in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New Zealand. Improving data collection and statistics on disabled people was one of the recommendations put forward in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (the Committee) report released in October 2014 in response to the Government’s report.

In response to the Committee’s recommendation, the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group (the Working Group), co-facilitated by the Office for Disability Issues and Statistics New Zealand, was established in June 2015.

A key purpose of the Working Group is to define, clarify and prioritise information needs in order to:

  • improve the lives of disabled people
  • inform better quality monitoring of and reporting on the CRPD, the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018.

2  Proposed scope

The purpose of Action 9 (e) is to implement the Working Group’s work programme.

The aim of the work programme is to develop a Disability Domain Plan.

The purpose of the Disability Domain Plan is to develop a shared understanding of the strengths, gaps, overlaps and deficiencies in data and evidence relating to disabled people in New Zealand. It will make sure that we collect the right information on disability to ensure that the right decisions are made on things that impact on disabled people. There are four steps involved in the development of the Disability Domain Plan:

  1. Carry out a stocktake of data and evidence currently available in New Zealand.
  2. Develop an agreed set of enduring questions to identify long-term needs for data and evidence on disabled people.
  3. Analyse the stocktake with respect to the questions to determine gaps or deficiencies in meeting data needs.
  4. Identify and prioritise initiatives to address gaps or deficiencies in meeting data needs.

3  Contributors/partners with lead – who is involved in this action?

The Office for Disability Issues and Statistics New Zealand are jointly leading the implementation of the Working Group’s work programme.

The Working Group includes representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Justice, ACC, universities/research institutes and service providers. It also includes a representative of Disabled People’s Organisations (nominated by DPOs themselves).

4  Reporting – key milestones/deliverables

Stocktake on data and evidence in New Zealand:

  • government stocktake completed in May 2016 (currently available on Office for Disability Issues website at: http://www.odi.govt.nz/what-we-do/better-evidence/index.html 
  • stocktake of organisations outside government -  August 2016.

Consultation and finalisation of enduring questions – August 2016 (date TBC).

Identify and prioritise initiatives to address gaps and deficiencies in meeting data needs – September 2016 to December 2016.

5  Risks

Since the establishment of the Working Group in June 2015, there are high expectations in the wider disability sector about needs for data and evidence on disabled people being met.

Lack of clarity/shared understanding of definitions of disability.

6  Impact – what are we trying to achieve?

The end-result of implementing the Working Group’s work programme will be:

  • up-to-date knowledge in the Disability Domain Plan about the kinds of data and evidence needed to underpin the development of policy and service delivery planning
  • improved knowledge and understanding of disability issues among the members of the Working Group, government agencies, DPOs and the wider disability sector.

7  Evidence base

Completed stocktakes.

8  Related work

The revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy fits well into the Working Group’s development of the Disability Domain Plan. The identification of strengths, gaps and deficiencies in data relating to disabled people will inform the Outcomes Framework which will be developed to monitor implementation of the Disability Strategy. 

The development of the Health Research Strategy also fits well into the Working Group’s development of the Disability Domain Plan. The identification of strengths, gaps and deficiencies in data relating to the health of disabled people and their access to health services in the Domain Plan, could inform health researchers’ decisions on issues to prioritise in disability research pertaining to health. 

The action outlined below will help achieve this outcome. This work was started under the existing Disability Action Plan.   

9. Priority: Increase government services’ responsiveness to disabled people

9 F: Undertake a stocktake to identify any legislation that is not consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and explore options to improve consistency.

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Progress update

Scope of action

Progress update to September 2017

 

Status: On track - Green

A draft scope for this action was discussed by DPOs and Senior Officials on 15 September 2017. Further revisions to be discussed between DPOs and Senior Officials.

Action Milestones:

Scope to be approved [on-going]

  • Action to be scoped with MSD resource by October 2017.

 

Lead: Office for Disability Issues

DPOs contact: Blind Citizens

Scope of action

Scope to be developed.

The action outlined below will help achieve this outcome. This work was started under the existing Disability Action Plan.   

11. Priority: Promote disabled people participating in political and civic processes

11 A: DPOs to complete a stocktake of what are the areas needing the most attention and which will make the biggest difference to promote disabled people participating in political and civic processes. ODI will convene a discussion with DPOs and relevant government agencies to discuss priorities from the DPOs stocktake and identify possible actions.

On this page

Progress update

Scope of action

  1. Contributors/partners with lead – who is involved in this action?
  2. Implementation plan
  3. What is included in the scope of this action?
  4. What is excluded from the scope of this action?
  5. What are the timeframes for implementation?
  6. What resources will the lead and partners contribute?
  7. What governance arrangements are in place for this project?
  8. Reporting – key milestones/deliverables
  9. Impact – what are we trying to achieve?
  10. Evidence base
  11. Related work

Progress update to September 2017

Status: Completed August 2016

Action Milestones:

  • DPO's meetings July 2015- September/October 2015 [complete]
    • DPO's meet and complete draft stocktake with proposed solutions.
    • September/October 2015 DPO's meet with government agencies to identify possible actions.
    • Report from May 2016 meeting between DPO's, electorial commission and the Department of Internal Affairs drafted.

Lead: Office for Disability Issues

DPOs contact:  Blind Citizens

 

Scope of action

This scope of this action was approved by the governance meeting of the Chief Executives' Group on Disability Issues and Disabled People's Organisations on 19 June 2015.

Action: DPOs to complete a stocktake of what are the areas needing the most attention and which will make the biggest difference to promote disabled people participating in political and civic processes. ODI will convene a discussion with DPOs and relevant government agencies to discuss priorities from the DPOs stocktake and identify possible actions.

Lead: DPOs (Blind Citizens NZ)

1  Contributors/partners with lead – who is involved in this action?

All DPOs will be asked to contribute.

Government agencies that could be involved include:

  • Office for Disability Issues
  • Electoral Commission
  • Department of Internal Affairs.

2  Implementation plan

What is the purpose of this action and how will it be implemented?

This action ultimately seeks to significantly improve the level of participation by disabled people in political life. This is covered by Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This includes disabled people engaging with and voting in national and local elections on the same basis as everyone else, taking part in national and local political processes, and taking a full part in public affairs, including forming and being represented by DPOs.

The first step is for DPOs to together identify the areas needing the most attention and which will make the biggest difference in reaching this objective. A clear list of priorities, along with suggested practical solutions, will be identified that will input into the broader discussion to be convened by ODI.

Agreement will then be reached between government agencies and DPOs on practical steps and timeframes for implementation.

3  What is included in the scope of this action?

Identifying existing opportunities and developing practical strategies to overcome barriers that limit the involvement or performance of disabled people in the following areas:

  • Casting a fully informed confidential vote in national elections.
  • Casting a fully informed confidential vote in local elections.
  • Becoming active in political parties and standing for election to Parliament.
  • Becoming active in local politics and possibly standing for election to a local authority such as a regional or city council, a local community board, disability advisory group, district health board, school board of trustees, etc.
  • Holding office in an elected national or local political position.
  • Joining and participating fully in non-government organisations concerned with the political life of New Zealand.
  • Forming organisations that have the capacity to effectively represent the voice of disabled people at local, national and international level.

4  What is excluded from the scope of this action?

None.

5  What are the timeframes for implementation?

This action covers activity from June 2015 to October 2015.

6  What resources will the lead and partners contribute?

DPOs will use their own resources to involve their members as appropriate in order to examine the issues and prepare for a joint discussion with other DPOs.

DPOs will allocate half a day at a future meeting of DPOs (suggestion is the first meeting of the 2015/2016 financial year) at which they will complete the stocktake which will be the input to the discussion to be convened by ODI.

It may be necessary for DPOs to give further attention to this at a second meeting of DPOs before the stocktake can be completed.

The Office for Disability Issues will convene the discussion at a time before the end of October 2015 to involve DPOs and other government agencies as identified. This discussion will be held in conjunction with a scheduled meeting of DPOs to be determined.

The Office for Disability Issues will dedicate staff time to support and facilitate the discussion.

7  What governance arrangements are in place for this project?

Oversight of this project will be provided by:

  • Blind Citizens NZ
  • Office for Disability Issues

8  Reporting – key milestones/deliverables

What are the key milestones (what activity will be achieved by when) – how will progress on the action be tracked and reported via the Office for Disability Issues to the quarterly governance group meetings?

  • June 2015: action scope approved
  • July 2015: DPOs have first meeting and possibly complete the stocktake of issues and proposed solutions.
  • August 2015: DPOs possibly meet for a second time to complete the stocktake.
  • September/October 2015: Discussion involving DPOs and other government agencies completed and possible actions identified.

9  Impact – what are we trying to achieve?

What are indicators of the action’s intended result/outcomes desired?

A set of actions will have been identified that the Government is willing to implement without delay and which disabled people genuinely believe will significantly improve our ability to fully participate in civic and political processes on the same basis as everyone else.

How will these indicators be measured or evaluated?

DPOs will be actively involved in monitoring the implementation of the agreed actions over the agreed timeframes.

10  Evidence base

Is there any research or information (whether qualitative or quantitative) informing this action?

Report of last year's select committee inquiry into the accessibility of Parliament.

Concluding Observations and recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Is there any research or information which represents the lived experience of disability?

Recommendations concerning Article 29 from the Independent Monitoring Mechanism.

11  Related work

Is there any other work in the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 that this action relates to or which contributes to this action? None.

Is there any other work (outside of the Disability Action Plan) that this action connects with or which contributes to this action? None.

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