Equality Impact Assessments

What you do can affect people differently

An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is a way of improving services to ensure that they cater for people who share protected characteristics with reference to the Equality Act 2010. They are a specific duty in Scotland, where listed authorities must publish results of such assessments wih regards to policies, practices and decisions. 
 
They demonstrate a systematic approach to including equality and diversity in the decision making and policy development process. In terms of the specific Equality Duties, most public sector organisations are obliged to publish EQIAs of new or revised policies or practices.
 
Carrying out an EQIA involves systematically assessing the likely (or actual) effects of policies and practices on people who share relevant protected characteristics.   This includes looking for opportunities to advance equality, as well as considering the mitigation of negative or adverse impacts.
 
It can be difficult finding the right balance with EQIAs. Organisations do not want to follow a tick-box approach, yet at the same time there needs to be a consistent demonstration of compliance. This is why a concise and efficient EQIA template  can be useful. 

EQIA Training delivered to:

Creative Scotland
Link Housing
Education Scotland
Scottish Funding Council
West College Scotland
National Museums Scotland
Law Society of Scotland
Scottish Court Service
SPT
Postive Action in Housing
Sport Scotland
City of Glasgow College
GTCS

Equality Impact Asessment Training

Equality Impact Assessment training will help organisations demonstrate compliance with this statutory obligation efficiently and proportionately.

Training will increase the pool of staff who are able to produce EQIAs, as opposed to being the sole responsibility of internal equality specialists. The obligation to mainstream equality means that all decision makers and policy developers should be able to efficiently produce compliant EQIAs. Recent case law has shown that there is also a higher level of public scrutiny regarding austerity measures which means that transparency through the use of EQIAs is paramount.

This half day training will enable you to understand the legal background. Practical case studies and examples will be referred to throughout. A concise, proportionate and compliant template will be distributed.

COURSE OUTLINE

Equality Impact Assessments

Background and Theory

Understanding what equality impact assessments are, and reviewing the legislative background.

The Basic Elements

All equality impact assessments include a proposed practice or policy, a consideration on how these may affect different groups, and action which can be taken to advance equality.

Equality Evidence

What evidence is relevant, and where can this be found? Types of quantitative and qualitative evidence will be discussed, and participants will being to consider the impact of proposals on different groups.

Introducing a Template

An in house template can be used, or a compliant template will be distributed. Using examples and discussions, participants will develop confidence in completing each step.

Focus on Practice

Relevant case studies will be used for group work to practice using the template. The approach advised will be proportionate and reasonable.

Embedding Within Processes

Information on good practice in embedding equality impact assessments within processes and systems will be discussed. Participants will identify high priority areas for action.