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Equality Impact Assessment

An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) involves assessing the impact of new or revised policies, practices or services against the requirements of the public sector equality duty. The duty requires all Scottish public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.  It covers people in respect of all aspects of equality (age, disability, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity).  It helps to ensure the needs of people are taken into account during the development and implementation of a new policy or service or when a change is made to a current policy or service.

The results of  EQIA's carried out by the Scottish Government are published, usually alongside the relevant publication. A comprehensive list of EQIA's is available using the following link:

Equality Impact Assessment Search

Completing an Equality Impact Assessment

Provided below are useful references to assist in understanding, and carrying out, the Equality Impact Assessment process.

Equality Impact Assessment guidance, templates and documents are available to Scottish Government staff via the Scottish Government's intranet.

For individuals without access to the Scottish Government's intranet, the Equality and Human Rights Commission produces in depth guidance on Equality Impact Assessment.

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government website by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this website.

 

Published EQIAs

Provided below are some recent sample EQIA's from each of the policy areas. If a specific EQIA is required then please use the search function in the above link to search a comprehensive list of published EQIAs.

Business, Enterprise & Tourism

Children & Families

Crime & Justice

Culture

Demographics

Employability, Skills & Lifelong Learning

Health, Social Care & Sport

Housing & Regeneration

Income & Poverty

Labour Market

Local Government

Rural & Environment

School Education

Third Sector *

Transport & Travel

 

*sample EQIAs for these policy areas not currently available

Useful Links

Principles of Inclusive Communication

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Contacts

If you require advice on appropriate sources of statistics or research to use in your EQIA please feel free to contact the Equality and Tackling Poverty Analysis team at

equality-and-poverty-analysis@scotland.gsi.gov.uk