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Data collection - protected characteristics: guidance - equality impact assessment

Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for guidance for public bodies on the collection of data related to age, disability, ethnic group, religion/belief and sexual orientation.


Stage 3: Assessing the impacts and identifying opportunities to promote equality

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their age?

Age Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation X    

Updating guidance may help eliminate victimisation of people of different ages by public bodies in the process of asking questions. Familiarity with the questions on behalf of the question answerer may increase the accuracy of reporting which has implications for affecting policy that eliminates unlawful discrimination against people of different ages.

The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation of disabled people and communities are likely to have a positive impact on older people.

Advancing equality of opportunity X    

Updating guidance to maintain a continuity of data will enable public bodies' to compare data over longer time periods, evidencing where action is needed to advance equality of opportunity for people of different ages.

The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on improving equality and opportunity for disabled people and communities are likely to have a positive impact on older people.

Promoting good relations among and between different age groups X    

Updating guidance, while maintaining familiarity with the questions, may help to ensure that the questions are asked appropriately and respectfully, potentially reducing harassment and victimisation of people of different ages.

Additionally, good data gathering and continuity of data will help support policy makers when making decisions that affect people of different ages, which may help promote good relations among and between them.

The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on promoting good relations among and between disabled and non-disabled people are likely to have a positive impact on older people.

Do you think that the policy impacts disabled people?

Disability Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation X    

Updating guidance may help eliminate victimisation of disabled people by public bodies in the process of asking questions. Familiarity with the questions on behalf of the question answerer may increase the accuracy of reporting which has implications for affecting policy that eliminates unlawful discrimination against disabled people.

The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation of older people are likely to have a positive impact on disabled people and communities.

Advancing equality of opportunity X    

Updating guidance while maintaining familiarity with the questions, may help to ensure that the questions are asked appropriately and respectfully, potentially reducing harassment and victimisation of disabled people.

Additionally, good data gathering and continuity of data will help support policy makers when making decisions that affect disabled people, which may help promote good relations among and between disabled and non-disabled people.

Updating guidance to maintain a continuity of data will enable public bodies' to compare data over longer time periods, evidencing where action is needed to advance equality of opportunity for disabled people.

The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on improving equality and opportunity for older people are likely to have a positive impact on disabled people and communities.

Promoting good relations among and between disabled and non-disabled people X     The proportion of adults living with limiting long-term conditions increases with age. Services and policies focused on promoting good relations among and between people of different age groups are likely to have a positive impact on disabled people and communities.

Do you think that the policy impacts on men and women in different ways?

Sex Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination     X  
Advancing equality of opportunity     X  
Promoting good relations between men and women     X  

Do you think that the policy impacts on women because of pregnancy and maternity?

Pregnancy and Maternity Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination     X  
Advancing equality of opportunity     X  
Promoting good relations     X  

Do you think your policy impacts on people proposing to undergo, undergoing, or who have undergone a process for the purpose of reassigning their sex? (NB: the Equality Act 2010 uses the term 'transsexual people' but 'trans people' is more commonly used)

Gender reassignment Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination     X  
Advancing equality of opportunity     X  
Promoting good relations     X  

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their sexual orientation?

Sexual orientation Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination X     Updating guidance may help eliminate victimisation of people of different sexual orientations by public bodies in the process of asking questions. Familiarity with the questions on behalf of the question answerer may increase the accuracy of reporting which has implications for affecting policy that eliminates unlawful discrimination against people of different sexual orientations.
Advancing equality of opportunity X     Updating guidance to maintain a continuity of data will enable public bodies' to compare data over longer time periods, evidencing where action is needed to advance equality of opportunity for people of different sexual orientations.
Promoting good relations X    

Updating guidance, while maintaining familiarity with the questions, may help to ensure that the questions are asked appropriately and respectfully, potentially reducing harassment and victimisation of people of different sexual orientations.

Additionally, good data gathering and continuity of data will help support policy makers when making decisions that affect people of different sexual orientations, which may help promote good relations among and between them.

Do you think the policy impacts on people on the grounds of their race?

Race Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination X     Updating guidance may help eliminate victimisation of people of different ethnicities by public bodies in the process of asking questions. Familiarity with the questions on behalf of the question answerer may increase the accuracy of reporting which has implications for affecting policy that eliminates unlawful discrimination against people of different ethnicities.
Advancing equality of opportunity X     Updating guidance to maintain a continuity of data will enable public bodies' to compare data over longer time periods, evidencing where action is needed to advance equality of opportunity for people of different ethnicities.
Promoting good race relations X    

Updating guidance while maintaining familiarity with the questions, may help to ensure that the questions are asked appropriately and respectfully, potentially reducing harassment and victimisation of people of different ethnicities.

Additionally, good data gathering and continuity of data will help support policy makers when making decisions that affect people of different ethnicities, which may help promote good relations among and between them.

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their religion or belief?

Religion or belief Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination X     Updating guidance may help eliminate victimisation of people of different religions/beliefs by public bodies in the process of asking questions. Familiarity with the questions on behalf of the question answerer may increase the accuracy of reporting which has implications for affecting policy that eliminates unlawful discrimination against people of different religions/beliefs.
Advancing equality of opportunity X     Updating guidance to maintain a continuity of data will enable public bodies' to compare data over longer time periods, evidencing where action is needed to advance equality of opportunity for people of different religions/beliefs
Promoting good relations X    

Updating guidance while maintaining familiarity with the questions, may help to ensure that the questions are asked appropriately and respectfully, potentially reducing harassment and victimisation of people of different religions/beliefs.

Additionally, good data gathering and continuity of data will help support policy makers when making decisions that affect people of different religions/beliefs, which may help promote good relations among and between them.

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their marriage or civil partnership?

Marriage and Civil Partnership[4] Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination     X  

Contact

Email: social-justice-analysis@gov.scot

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