Advancing data collection on Assistive Technology

World Health Organization
Aug. 5, 2021
AT2030 Resources

One of the most significant barriers to accessing assistive technology is a lack of data. Without relevant, quality information, decision-makers face huge challenges in developing evidence-informed policies and programmes to improve access for their populations.

To respond to this need and to the resolution's mandate in improving access to assistive technology (WHA71.8), the WHO is developing the Assistive Technology Assessment (ATA) toolkit to support countries in collecting data on assistive technology.

The purpose

The ATA toolkit consists of three data collection tools that address the following questions:

  • What are the met and unmet population needs in terms of access to assistive technology?
  • What is the country’s capacity to meet the identified unmet need? 
  • What is the impact of assistive technology on the people who use it?

The ATA toolkit will help countries to collect data to inform decision for policy and programme design, raise awareness on the need and impact of assistive technology, and galvanize political support and resources for assistive technology.