Equality Impact Assessment [EIA] is the primary function to determine the extent to which policies, procedures, practices and services impact upon individuals and groups in relation to one or more of the equality categories [gender, age, sexuality, religion or belief, disability, transgender and transsexual people]. If the policy, procedure, practice or service is found to have an adverse impact, the author/s or service developers must consider all other alternatives, which may more effectively achieve the promotion of equality of opportunity. This may include the development of specific measures to mitigate the adverse impact.
- Introduce policy makers and service developers to impact assessment.
- Steer policy makers and service developers to where to seek help, including key requirements and additional information sources.
- Provide a useful source of research information to support the assessment process.
The process of conducting an EIA should not be seen as the completed package, it should be recognised that the aim of the assessment is the promotion of equality of opportunity and therefore the outcomes/resulting development plans are of primary concern.
In conducting an EIA there are specific methods and procedures that must be considered:
- In order to assess policy, procedure and practice a full analysis of relevant data is required.
- All people who are likely to be effected by Trust policies, procedures, practices and services must be consulted throughout the assessment process.
- Policies, procedures, practices and new services should be reviewed, revised or reorganised in light of the above consultation.
Data analysis should include the gathering of all relevant knowledge and should include: Demographic data and other statistics, including census findings and staff equal opportunity information.
- Available research findings and best practice.
- Comparisons with similar policies, procedures and services in other organisations, especially those from partnership organisations such a local Primary Care Trusts.
To assist staff in completing this process the EIA Checklist and the other documents are used, and are available to download below. Staff who have responsibility for reviewing/draft policies/services will be encouraged to attend an EIA Training session. Further information and training dates can be obtained by contacting the Equality and Diversity Department on 0121 424 1319 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Equality and Diversity – Policy Screening ChecklistPOLICY DOCUMENT DEFINITIONSWHAT IS A DISABILITYWHAT IS AN EIA