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Methodology

The DARE Index 2017 survey is based on one set of questionnaires completed for this first edition by 130 local correspondents in 121 countries during the year of 2017. The 121 countries surveyed have a combined population of approximately 6.7 billion (6,749,919,544) meaning that the 2017 Index covers 89.4 percent of the world population.

The DARE Index survey is designed to evaluate, track and rank the progress made by CRPD signatories countries in the implementation of digital accessibility treaty provisions (e.g., CRPD Article 9). Its conceptual framework is consistent with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) guidelines on Human Rights reporting (structure, process, and outcome). The DARE Index survey is divided into three dimensions or legs, as follows:

  • Leg #1 audit assessment tool, or the Country Commitments (Structure): It monitors essential laws, regulations or policy programs in place in the country. This section measures the formal status of the country’s government legal and policy regime in relation to those ICT commitments, the political commitments made with respect to national laws, policies, programs and plans of action that are relevant to the ICT provisions.
  • Leg #2 audit tool or Country Capacity to Implement (Process): It is perceived as representing the basic capacity of a country to implement the ICT provisions of the CRPD. It refers to the required government agencies, organizational and institutional resources involved, the digital/technology resources available and the standard bodies the country follows.
  • Leg #3 audit tool or Country Actual Implementation (Outcomes): It checks the systemic and/or individual impact(s) of a country’s fulfillment of the ICT provisions of the CRPD. It shows the level of actual implementation and outcomes of core policies and programs in 10 essential ICT Accessibility areas by evaluating the status of development, application level, availability, accessibility, and population coverage of ICTs and AT in the country.

Scoring is computed as follows:

  • 25 points (5 points for each of the 5 variables) for the first leg (Country Commitments)
  • 25 points (5 points for each of the 5 variables) for the second leg (Country Capacity to Implement)
  • 50 points (5 points for each of the 10 variables) for the third leg (Country Actual Implementation and Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities)

Score out of 100 points in total per country.

For the first two legs (Country Commitments and Capacity to Implement), points are calculated as 0 (item not present in country) or 5 (item present in country).

For the third leg (Country Actual Implementation and Outcomes), points are calculated on a scale of 0 to 5 as follows:

0 = no program or policy

1 = policy or program but no implementation

2 = minimum level of implementation (pilot project only)

3 = policy or program being rolled out but less than half implemented (examples provided to respondents)

4 = policy or program being rolled out, more than half implemented (examples provided to respondents)

5 = full implementation