EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT
PATIENT FOCUS AND PUBLIC
INVOLVEMENT FAIR FOR ALL
THE WIDER CHALLENGE
Interim Version September 2004 To Be Reviewed By 31st March 2007
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Section 1: Background
Legislative and Policy Framework
Introduction to Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment
Tips and General Guidance
Section 2: Step-By-Step Guidance
2 Guiding Principles
3 The Ten Stages of Effective Impact Assessment
Step 1 How does the policy, function, service development or change fit in to our wider aims?
Step 2 Will we have to examine available data and research, and collect other information?
Step 3 Completing a Rapid Impact Checklist (RIC)
Step 4 How do we assess the likely impact of the proposed policy?
Step 5 What do we do if we find potential adverse impact?
Step 6 Will we need to commission further research before making our decision?
Step 7 How and who do we consult about the proposed policy?
Step 8 How do we decide whether to introduce the policy?
Step 9 How do we ensure effective monitoring of the proposed policy?
Step 10 How should we publish the results of assessments and consultations?
Section 3: Tools for the Job
1 Rapid Impact Checklist
2 Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Tool
Section 4: Supplementary Information and Resources
1 Impact Assessments In Action
2 Useful Links and Further Reading
Published by the Scottish Executive, February, 2005
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