Equality Data Improvement Programme (EDIP) project board

Overview

The Equality Evidence Strategy 2017-21 sets out the Scottish Government’s vision that Scotland’s equality evidence becomes more wide-ranging and robust, enabling policy makers to develop sound, inclusive policy.

However, there are many costs and challenges to collecting, analysing and reporting intersectional equality data and, despite improvements in recent years, there remain significant gaps in Scotland’s equality evidence base.

In April 2021, the Scottish Government launched the first phase of our Equality Data Improvement Programme (EDIP), which will be undertaken over the next 18 months, leading to the publication of a revised equality evidence strategy and a second phase of the programme in late 2022.

A project board has been established, comprised of Scottish Government officials and representatives from a range of external public sector bodies with a key interest in mainstreaming equalities.

The project board is co-chaired by the Scottish Government’s chief statistician and its chief social researcher. The EDIP reports to the Minister for Equalities and Older People.

Within the Scottish Government, the EDIP is led by officials in Communities Analysis Division (CAD), and the senior responsible officer is the head of CAD.

The project board will:

  • support the design and delivery of projects in the first phase of the programme
  • provide strategic input into the development of the next version of the equality evidence strategy and the second phase of the EDIP
  • support join-up with ongoing and upcoming work across the public sector, and contribute to the identification of practice expertise and guidance

The project board follows the open government approach.

Members

  • Audrey MacDougall, Chief Social Researcher, Scottish Government (Co-chair)
  • Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician, Scottish Government (Co-chair)
  • Sean Stronach/Jess Dolan, Directorate for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights, Scottish Government
  • Trevor Owen, Directorate for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights, Scottish Government
  • Nick Bland, Directorate for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights, Scottish Government
  • David Holmes, Directorate for Chief Economist, Scottish Government
  • Liz Hawkins, Equality and Social Justice Analysis, Scottish Government
  • Jon Hunter, Equality and Social Justice Analysis, Scottish Government
  • Maisy Best, Equality and Social Justice Analysis, Scottish Government
  • Lesley Crozier, Scottish Council’s Equality Network (SCEN)
  • Andrew Fraser, Public Health Scotland (PHS)
  • Emily Lynch, Improvement Service
  • Mark McAllister, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Sarah Munro, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
  • Steven Reid, Non-Departmental Public Bodies Equality Forum (NDPB Equality Forum)
  • Alan White, Non-Departmental Public Bodies Equality Forum (NDPB Equality Forum)

 

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