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.

List of acronyms

The following acronyms are used in this report.


The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area. It stipulates a variety of requirements around how and why personal data can be processed. It came into force on 25 May 2018.

DPA 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which is the UK implementation of the EU's GDPR legislation, codifying its requirements into UK law. It came into force on 23 May 2018.


Public Sector Equality Duty - a duty on public authorities to consider or think about how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act.


Equality Monitoring Form - a self-contained set of equality questions that can be used in relation to a number of different processes or services.



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