Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
- All Public Authorities have a responsibility to do them.
- An EIAs purpose is to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.
- It focuses on specific equality groups base on Race, Disability, Gender, Age, Sexual Orientation and Religion/Belief. (At present it is a legal requirement for Race, Disability and Gender only).
- It MUST involve members of the equality groups as well as others through consultation and engagement.
- It requires looking at all the College's activities or functions (policies, procedures, practices, services and initiatives) to see which ones are relevant.
- We are required to assess the impact of relevant policies, procedures, practices, services and initiatives. (Impact can be negative, positive or neutral).
- We are required to make changes that eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.
- We are required to monitor changes to see how effective they are.
- EIAs provide an opportunity to develop and share good practice.
- The intention is to make our College a better place for staff, students and our external partners and stakeholders, local community - for everyone.