Research and policy papers on the duty

The following documents include research and policy papers about the implementation of (current or previous) equality duties across a range of organisations.

The performance of the health sector in meeting the Public Sector Equality Duties

Moving towards effective equality outcomes

This research report examines performance on the former race, disability and gender equality duties by Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts in England. These duties were replaced by the new public sector equality duty in April 2011.

The research found that although progress was made on delivering the race, disability and gender equality duties, significant work still needs to be done by health bodies to ensure that their efforts lead to identifiable changes to health outcomes for different groups.

The report is accompanied by a policy paper with recommendations as to how health bodies can meet their obligations under the new equality duty.

Effective implementation of the new duty can assist healthcare providers in reducing health inequalities, creating a more effective workforce, and improving the life chances and wellbeing of millions of people in the UK.

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A way forward for the health sector - PDF version

A way forward for the health sector - Word version

 

 

 

Collecting information on gender identity

The aim of this guide is to help public authorities subject to the equality duty, and those thinking about or currently monitoring gender identity, to do so using an acceptable and methodologically robust approach.

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See also: Monitoring equality - Developing a gender identity question (Research report 75)

 

 

The equality duties and schools report

The Commission has launched a first of its kind report looking at the action taken by schools in England and Wales under the race, disability and gender equality duties, which were superseded on 5 April this year by the new Public Sector Equality Duty. The research which was carried out by Ipsos MORI, contains evidence from schools about the impact that the equality duties have had on improving pupil outcomes.

Schools report that the duties are creating more positive outcomes for pupils including better access to facilities, feeling valued, developing higher aspirations, narrowing gaps in performance and participation in sports. However the Commission believes that all schools now need to take a systematic approach to using evidence to tackle entrenched inequalities in education. The report is accompanied by in-depth case studies and a paper which makes recommendations for key organisations in the new policy landscape in education.

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The equality duties and schools: Lessons for the future - PDF version

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Case studiesCase studies - Examples of implementing the equality duties to improve pupil outcomes:

The equality duties and schools: Twelve case studies - PDF version

The equality duties and schools: Twelve case studies - Word version


Who's Still Missing? Refugees, migrants and the equality agenda

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The Equality and Diversity Forum commissioned the research in this report to explore what lessons can be learnt from the implementation of the previous Race Equality Duty and to consider how public authorities can most effectively use the new public sector Equality Duty to address the needs of refugee and migrant communities. The report contains recommendations and practical suggestions to help public bodies to develop an inclusive equality strategy: tackling discrimination, advancing equality and good relations for all members of the community, including those who originally came to the UK from abroad.

The role of Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements in promoting equalities

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This study looked at the role of LSPs and LAAs in promoting equality with the aim of highlighting good equalities practice especially in relation to specific dimensions of equality: leadership; communications and messaging; data collection, disaggregation and analysis; compliance with legal equalities duties (for example, through equality impact assessments, differentiated action plans and targets); involvement; diversity in representation, and improved equality outcomes.

Public bodies and the public sector duties relating to transsexual and transgender people: Report of findings and case studies

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This report assesses the performance of a selection of public bodies in meeting their public sector duties as they apply to trans people . It also captures and shares good practice examples of public bodies who have taken action to meet their duties and achieve real improvements in trans equality. The report was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and carried out by Equality Network: Scottish Transgender Alliance. More information >>

Lights, Camera, Action: Promoting Disability Equality in the Public Sector

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This guidance highlights just a handful of the hundreds of success stories where the public sector has used that particular duty to involve disabled people and improved outcomes and results. Many have utilised the framework of either a Disability Equality Scheme or a more general Equality Scheme.

Equalities and procurement research summary

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Research conducted by the Commission, IDeA, LGA and the SOPO to get a better understanding how local authorities procure services, works and goods, throughout the different stages of the procurement process.

Making practice happen

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Research on the specific duties, recommendations for the equality duty. Equality and Human Rights Commission 2009.

Legacy Commission research

The following research reports were undertaken by the legacy equality commissions and other bodies into the progress made on the duties by public authorities.

Overview of Primary Care Trust Disability Equality Scheme assessments (Word)
This report gives an overview of the assessment results, focussing on key trends, strengths and weaknesses a sample of 20 Primary Care Trusts Disability Equality Schemes.
Disability Rights Commission, September 2007

The Strategic Health Authorities and the Disability Equality Duty (Word)
This Report is an early assessment of the performance of Strategic Health Authorities(SHAs) on the Disability Equality Duty.
Disability Rights Commission,

Practical Implementation of the Disability Equality Duty within Local Authorities (Word)
This report presents findings from a survey of disability equality leads in England, Scotland and Wales
OPM on behalf of the Disability Rights Commission, January 2006

The impact of the race equality duty on council services (PDF)
Survey, good practice examples and reviewed documentation from all 32 councils in Scotland
Audit Scotland, November 2008

Capturing the value of the disability equality duty (Word)
Key findings on the duty five months after it came into force
OPM for the Disability Rights Commission, May 2007

The public sector equality duties: making an impact (website)
Report on progress made on the equality duties
Schneider Ross, 2007

Involvement for real equality (Word)
This report identified how efficiency gains could be made by involving disabled people.
OPM for the Disability Rights Commission, September 2007

Towards race equality (PDF)
An evaluation of the public duty to promote race equality and good race relations in England and Wales
Schneider Ross for the Commission for Racial Equality 2002

Towards race equality in Scotland (PDF)
Summary of evaluation of the public duty to promote race equality and good race relations in Scotland

Involvement for real equality (Word)
This report identified how efficiency gains could be made by involving disabled people.
OPM for the Disability Rights Commission, September 07

Fair for All project report (PDF)
Overview report of gender equality schemes prepared by NHS Boards in Scotland
Fair for All, March 08

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