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Key equality assessments on our main services

All our equality assessments are based around four core questions.

They are:

What is the purpose of the policy?

The purpose of the policy or practice/service is what it is meant to achieve. This purpose needs to be defined in some detail and to be crystal clear in meaning. It is this 'intention' that the impact assessment will seek to measure.

How is it seeking to achieve this?

This question aims to explore how the organisation sets up systems, practices, understandings or conventions to deliver on that intention.

This is about process mechanics, or more simply, 'how it works'. It requires the assessment to 'walk through' the process or practices and consider what barriers emerge and what support is on hand.

Who benefits and how? (and who, therefore, doesn't and why?)

This is about determining who gets the service or policy as intended in question 1, where possible actual research or experience should be used or pointed to. It will highlight who doesn't get the policy or practice as intended, and does this create any disadvantage. We also look at whether the policy or practice advances equality for all concerns and if it fosters good relations between people's different protected characteristics.

What are any 'associated aims' attached to the policy?

This final question acknowledges that policies and practices rarely operate in isolation. An effect in one area may have knock-on effects in others, so this question is about identifying these.