Sex, gender identity, trans status - data collection and publication: guidance

Guidance for public bodies on the collection of data on sex and gender.

11. How to collect and present data on non-binary groups

It is a challenge to collect data that fully reflects the variance in a population, and part of this is driven by the questions that are asked, the definitions ascribed to the terminology used, and the interpretation of these by a respondent. This is turn affects the degree to which findings across surveys and countries can be compared.

In terms of administrative data sources, there are potential changes to registration practices needed so that non-binary could be recorded as an option where statistics are currently disaggregated between male and female, as in this situation is it likely to be difficult to report on the population identifying as non-binary.

It is expected that the Scottish Government's Working Group on Non-Binary Equality will consider how better recording, disaggregating and reporting of data could be used to improve equality for non-binary people. This guidance will be reviewed with a view to updating, in light of any relevant recommendations made by the Working Group.



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