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Services to adults with disability and marginalized adults

The statistics of disability and marginalized adults contain information about selected services in the Social Services Act, given to adults with disabilities or other marginalized persons. The purpose of the statistics is to estimate the number of recipients and to link information about their background and living conditions. The statistics have been compiled since 2015 and contain data as of Q1 2015. The statistics have replaced the summary information on disability services previously reported by the municipalities to the statistics on social resources.

Statistical presentation

The statistics of disability and marginalized adults are a summary of selected services in the Social Services Act given to adults with disabilities or other marginalized persons. The statistics contain information on how many services are provided, either per quarters or years. In addition, information about the recipients’’ target groups (i.e. type of disability or vulnerability) is included.

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Statistical processing

It is the municipalities of the country, which provide citizens the selected services and report data to Statistics Denmark. Data for the statistics is collected monthly via automatic reports from the administrative systems used by the municipalities. Alternatively, the municipalities report data via a manual reporting solution, which is made available by Statistics Denmark. The reported data are validated by the municipalities, which must approve that their data can be used for statistics and publication. Before data is published, Statistics Denmark removes invalid data and adjusts different varieties of duplicate services.

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The statistics are relevant for ministries, researchers and interest organizations as a basis for analyzes of trends in the number of services provided and the recipients’ characteristics and living conditions.

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Accuracy and reliability

This release is based on data from 93 municipalities. Precision and reliability are primarily affected by missing or inadequate data reportings from the municipalities. Amongst other things, this is due to that the municipalities experience technical challenges in setting up the system-to-system solutions used for data reporting. Another significant source of missing reportings is that in 2018 new reporting requirements for the statistics have been introduced. This has meant that the municipalities have converted their data from 2015 to new requirements. Many municipalities have had challenges with re-reporting services that have already ended.

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Timeliness and punctuality

These statistics are published annually. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.

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The statistics can best be compared to data on disability benefits previously reported to the statistics on social resources. Data is not directly comparable to any international statistics.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in an news article published by Statitstics Denmark, and are presented on Statistics Denmark’s Kommunekort. In the StatBank, the figures are published under the topic of disability. More information can be found on the subject page of the statistics Disability and marginalized adults.

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