International approaches to advance equality: insights from six countries

International research publication including insight from six countries on ways to advance equality.


Annex E: Sample Interview Schedules

Below are samples of the interview schedules that were sent to potential research participants.

Each interview schedule included at least one act under the respondents' supervision or acts they were subject to.

Belgium

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

The key pieces of legislation and policy that we are interested in are:

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We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangement regarding Gender Impact Assessments (the Gender Test as part of a Regulatory Impact Assessment) be enhanced to improve outcomes?

2. Do the authorities subject to the legislative requirements report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

3. Does the existing guidance or legislation support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making?

4. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change or is the focus from the subjected authorities on compliance?

Canada

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation and policy has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

The key pieces of legislation and policy that we are interested in are:

  • Accessible Canada Act
  • Directive on the Management of Communications
  • Policy on Communications and Federal Identity.

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangements be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do organisations, subject to the legislative requirements, report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change for people in marginalised groups?

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation and policy has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

The key pieces of legislation and policy that we are interested in are:

  • The Gender Results Framework
  • Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus)
  • Canadian Human Rights Act
  • Employment Equity Act
  • Pay Equity Act

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangements be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do organisations, subject to the legislative requirements, report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Does the inclusion of terminology related to visible minorities and immigrants support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making and service provision? For example, are the intersects between gender, disability and race routinely considered?

5. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change for people in marginalised groups?

6. Are current arrangements for pay gap reporting driving progress on closing pay gaps? We are interested to know more about the approach for oversight of the action plans that those subject to the legislation are required to produce.

New Zealand

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

We are particularly interested in the impact and implementation of the following pieces of legislation and policy:

  • Equal Pay Act 1972
  • Public Service Act 2020
  • Te Kahu Tautini/State of the Public Service 2022

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangement be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do listed authorities/organisations subject to the legislative requirements report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Does the existing guidance or legislation support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making and service design? For example, are the intersects between gender, disability, race, and other factors routinely considered?

5. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change or is the focus from listed authorities on compliance with the requirements of the legislation?

6. Has the inclusion of terminology related to He ira ke ano (Another gender) supported and encouraged an inclusive approach in policy making and service provision?

South Africa

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

The key pieces of legislation and policy that we are interested in are:

  • Employment Equity Act

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangement be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do listed authorities/organisations subject to the legislative requirements report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change or is the focus from listed authorities on compliance?

5. Does the existing guidance or legislation support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making and service provision? We are interested to know more about the approach for intersectional pay gap reporting. For example, are the intersects between race, gender and disability routinely considered?

6. Are current arrangements for pay gap reporting driving progress on closing pay gaps? We are interested to know more about the approach for intersectional pay gap reporting and oversight of the action plans that those subject to the legislation are required to produce.

7. Are the existing legislations on affirmative action, specifically training, driving progress on achieving equality outcomes? We are interested to know more about how organisations subject to this duty are required to implement affirmative action and report on progress.

Sweden

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured.

The key pieces of legislation and policy that we are interested in are:

  • The Discrimination Act
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies

Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation and policy to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangements be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do authorities or organisations subject to the legislative requirements report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Does the existing guidance or legislation support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making? For example, is it routine for those subject to the legislation to consider evidence about the intersections between gender, race, and disability?

5. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change and improve outcomes for marginalised people? How is this measured?

6. Are current arrangements for pay gap reporting driving progress on closing pay gaps? We are interested to know more about the approach for oversight of the pay surveys that those subject to the legislation are required to produce.

7. Are current arrangements for reporting on gender mainstreaming driving progress on integrating the gender perspective into the work of public authorities? We are interested to know more about the approach for oversight of the reports that those subject to the legislation are required to produce.

Wales

Review of International Equalities Legislation on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We are interested to understand how equality legislation has had a positive impact on outcomes for people and society and how these outcomes have been measured. Further, we would like to know if there are, or have been, obstacles that have impeded progress.

We would be grateful if you could collate responses from your organisation to the following questions.

Please feel free to respond by email or to annotate and return this document.

1. Do current arrangements for reporting and oversight allow for impact of relevant equalities legislation to be measured and reported on at a national level?

2. Could existing guidance, or legislation, or oversight arrangement be enhanced to improve outcomes?

3. Do listed authorities/organisations subject to the legislative requirements report barriers to advancing equality or meeting their reporting obligations?

4. Does the existing guidance or legislation support and encourage an intersectional approach in policy making?

5. Do existing oversight and reporting arrangements drive positive change or is the focus from listed authorities on compliance?

6. Has the combination of the Public Sector Equality Duties, and the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 and the Socio-Economic Duty of 2021 led to listed authorities taking a more intersectional approach to their work to advance equality?

7. Are current arrangements for pay gap reporting driving progress on closing pay gaps? We are interested to know more about the approach for oversight of the action plans that those subject to the legislation are required to produce.

Contact

Email: MainstreamingEIHR@gov.scot

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