Equality Consultancy

Supporting Your Organisation

Outsourcing equality projects can be a cost effective way of addressing equality and diversity issues. It can be useful to have an independent perspective, and you may not have a member of staff dedicated to equality matters. Equality consultants have significant specialised experience, and can hit the ground running.

We work on one off projects, fixed time projects and fractional contracts. How we work together depends on your needs, and flexibility, along with value for money, are paramount for your organisation. Our recent consultancy work includes:

 

  • reviewing codes and constitution for a barristers’ Chambers.
  • developing and reviewing Equality Outcomes in consultation with service users and stakeholders.
  • reviewing policies and processes to ensure that they are compliant with legislation, and making suggestions for change.
  • advising on Equality Impact Assessments – training staff to conduct them, and quality assuring the results.
  • auditing Job Evaluation processes to ensure that they are capable of providing Equal Pay.
  • producing Equal Pay audits, with recommendations for change in pay and grading systems.

Equality Audits

An Equality Audit holds a mirror up to an organisation and objectively assesses internal practices.

An Equality Audit can reduce the risk of claims of discrimination as risk is assessed and change is recommended. It also demonstrates to staff and stakeholders that the organisation is commited to the promotion of equality in a transparent way.

The Audit will note when the organisation goes beyond compliance by processes, policies and initiatives which aim to increase diversity.

The results of an Equality Audit will enable organisations to gain an insight into the perceptions of staff and stakeholders. It will help organisations assess risk of claims of discrimination, and provide a comparison with good external practice.

Equality Consultancy
CASE STUDIES

STRATHCLYDE PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSPORT 

We were asked to assist SPT in developing Equality Outcomes in consultation with staff, passengers and the third sector. This involved focus groups, surveys and presentations for community groups. 
We also conducted an assessment of the modernisation of the Glasgow Subway, which included accessibility testing by passengers.

ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 

We conducted a Communications Review for the Royal Geological Society, who asked review its website, Journals, newsletters and social media to assess how the organisation embeds good practice in equality, inclusion and accessibility.
This Review included an Action Plan to promote equality, which was subsequently adopted by the Society.

NATIONAL MUSEUM SCOTLAND 

With the development of “Exhibitions for All”, we reviewed the NMS processes and guidance on designing inclusive exhibitions for the National Museum Scotland.
This included providing advice on good practice in accessibility, including general and physical access, communication and display, audio visual presentations and lighting.
 

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT 

In partnership with Hall Aitken, we were appointed to review the Scottish Government’s application for funding from the European Structural Funds Programme.
This involved consideration of how the Scottish Government’s proposals embedded the horizontal objectives of the prevention of discrimination.