Equality evidence

The Scottish Government and its agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas.


equality evidence finder logoThe Equality Evidence Finder brings together the latest statistics and research for Scotland across different themes for age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and transgender status.

The Equality Evidence Finder is updated monthly with a summary of the key official statistics, social research and National Performance Framework equality analysis. Links to further datasets, statistics and research are provided to help find the full range of available equality evidence for Scotland.

On this page, other documents relating to equality evidence are provided.

COVID-19 and Equality

Analysis of how COVID-19 has different impacts on different groups of the population.

Equality Evidence Strategy 2017-21

Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy is a four year strategy running from 2017 to 2021. The strategy details an approach to strengthening Scotland’s equality evidence base. It also lists equality evidence gaps raised during the Scottish Government’s discussions with partner organisations and academic colleagues.

Collecting Equality Data Guidance

Guidance notes on the recommended questions to ask when collecting information on: age, disability, ethnic group, gender, religion or belief and sexual orientation

Equality Budgeting

Equality Analysis Topic Reports

Gender equality

Scotland’s Gender Equality Index measures progress towards gender equality in Scotland. Gender equality is measured across a range of indicators, covering Work, Money, Time, Knowledge, Power and Health. Additional indicators on Violence Against Women and Women-Specific Healthcare are also included. The first release of Scotland’s Gender Equality Index was published in 2020.

Various summaries on gender equality have been written for the First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls and are located on the Equality Evidence Finder under ‘Scottish Government Publications and Outputs’ and ‘Gender’.

Poverty and equality

Census 2011 equality analysis