A guide for organization on how to design demographic data collection in a way that is intentional, inclusive, and equitable. The guide focuses on creating items for written surveys but the principles apply to any kind of written data collection such as enrollment forms. It includes recommendations for how to design demographic data items and best practice examples of items. IDEA disability categories need to be used for Part B data collections on children, however, other approaches might be considered for collecting additional disability information and for collecting data about other groups such as stakeholders or a parent or family member.
The guide is useful to staff who design program forms and surveys that involve the collection of disability, gender, or race/ethnicity information.