Public sector - understanding equality data collection: main report

This research describes and explores the range of equality and socio-economic disadvantage data collected by public sector organisations. Findings offer insights into what works best in terms of collecting, utilising and safeguarding robust data, highlighting major barriers to its collection or use.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was a particularly difficult time to conduct research. We would like to extend our thanks to all those who participated. This includes a wide range of individuals in the organisations which took part (including senior managers, policy specialists, analysts, information managers, equality officers, statisticians, researchers and administrators), as well as those who contributed through the discussions we held with the Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB) Equality Forum, and the Scottish Council Equality Network (SCEN).

We very much appreciate all their contributions.

We would also like to thank the Project Steering Group (PSG) for the project, whose advice and support was invaluable. The PSG comprised Scottish Government equality policy and analytical officials along with representatives from COSLA; Improvement Service; Equality and Human Rights Commission; NDPB Equality Forum and SCEN.



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