Equality Impact Assessments: Are We Getting Them Right?
- where and to the extent required to fulfil the general equality duty, assess the impact of applying a proposed new or revised policy or practice against the needs of the general equality duty;
- in making the assessment, consider relevant evidence relating to persons who share a protected characteristic (including any evidence received from those persons);
- in developing a policy or practice, take account of the results of any assessment in respect of that policy or practice;
- publish, within a reasonable period, the results of any assessment where it decides to apply the policy or practice in question;
- make arrangements to review and where necessary revise any policy or practice that it applies in the exercise of its functions.
Key issues to be addressed
- Existing best practice guidance
- How those with protected characteristics view EQIAs
- Screening, evidence and partnership working: how organisations across Scotland are conducting EQIAs
- The responsibility to continuously review
09:15 Registration and Networking
Session 1: Equality Impact Assessments – making them matter
In this opening session we explore the legislative basis for Equality Impact Assessments and examine whether EQIAs are making a difference to public sector decision-making for those who the Equality Duty is designed to support.
09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair
Ann Henderson, member, Scottish Commission on Older Women and former Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
10:00 Laying the groundwork
Lindsey Millen, Policy Manager, Close The Gap
10:20 Panel discussion: Are EQIs a meaningful process or a box ticking exercise?
- Lindsey Millen, Policy Manager, Close The Gap
- Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
- Derek Young, Senior Policy Officer, Age Scotland
Session 2: Step By Step, The Road To Equality
Through a series of case studies we will look at the EQIA process, considering how we can improve existing practice and thereby strengthen the application of the equality duty in Scotland.
11:20 EQIA: Enhanced Decision Making
- Glasgow Approach
- Gathering Evidence
- Enhanced Decision Making
Cormac Quinn, Corporate Planning Officer, Glasgow City Council
11:40 Gathering the Evidence
- Where to find equality evidence, and plans to develop and improve Scotland’s equality evidence base
Jon Hunter, Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team, Communities Analytical Services, Scottish Government
12:00 Newcastle Council: Integrated Impact Assessments and our budget process
- Summary of our approach to integrated impact assessment and what they cover
- How it’s been working – budget process case study
- Cumulative impact assessment
- Role of data – Know Newcastle
Kirsty Wilkinson, Business Management Partner, Newcastle City Council
Helen Wilding, Wellbeing for Life Development Lead, Newcastle City Council
12:20 Questions and discussion
Session 3: Beyond EQIAs
Public authorities have a duty to review and revise policies and practices after the initial EQIA. In this session we will explore why this is and how different organisations have achieved this, before considering how we can go beyond the statutory requirements of the legislation and apply more rigorous approaches of impact assessments such as Equality and Human Rights Assessments.
13:20 Interactive Workshop: Monitoring and Gathering Evidence of Ongoing Impact
Using case studies we will consider how to meaningfully monitor and evaluate the outputs of equality impact assessments, and how to embed monitoring in existing processes. Participants will take part in an exercise considering how to develop potential equality indicators based on a case study.
Clare Fraser, Fraser Consulting
14:10 Equality and Human Rights Assessments: how they can make a difference to you
Nasreen Mohammed, Equality and Diversity Advisor, Police Scotland
14:30 Questions and discussion
14:40 Closing remarks from the chair
14:45 Close of event
*Agenda subject to change
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