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Equality & Poverty Analysis Team, Communities Analytical Services, Scottish Government, 1F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
The Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. This website brings together this information which can be searched using an evidence finder which allows users to find evidence by policy area and by equality characteristic. This information can also be searched using the menu on the left hand side.
Find equality evidence using the evidence finder
The Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland's equality evidence. These pages provide information and guidance to consider when gathering and using equality evidence. There is also information and guidance when collecting local level equality evidence. You can access these pages by selecting the Scottish Equality Evidence Framework.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance on setting equality outcomes states that public authorities, such as the Scottish Government, should use a range of evidence relating to people with protected characteristics to set their equality outcomes. A series of seven evidence reviews has been conducted to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s equality outcomes. The reviews explore available evidence about the scale and severity of issues faced by people with protected characteristics.
Find Equality Evidence Reviews
Scottish Ministers are committed to the outcomes based approach as set out in the National Performance Framework's (NPF) 10 year vision. It provides a measure of progress towards the National Outcomes and reflects current priorities as outlined in Manifesto Commitments, the Government Economic Strategy, Programme for Government and Spending Review documents. A breakdown of progress towards the National Indicators according to protected equality characteristic can be accessed here.
The Scottish Government has published its Equality Evidence Strategy 2014. The strategy aims to build on the 2013 Strategy and improve this Equality Evidence Website, and in doing so, develop the richness and usefulness of equality data in Scotland. It will continue to seek to make the most of existing data and prioritise value for money solutions to filling gaps in the evidence base. The richest source of new equality evidence over the coming year will be the results from the Census and the Strategy focuses on this, with new outputs on Ethnicity; Religion; Disability; and Gypsies/Travellers planned.
The Equality Evidence Strategy 2014
The Scottish Government has brought together evidence on Gypsies/Travellers from a range of existing sources to make it easier for users and policy makers to access and understand. This evidence summary is presented in the following paper:
Gypsies/Travellers in Scotland: Summary of the Evidence Base, Summer 2013
Further Scottish Government publications listed in this section provide evidence on experiences and discrimination across a range of equality characteristics and areas of life.
The Position of Scotland’s Equality Groups. Revisiting Resilience in 2011
Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2010: Attitudes to Discrimination and Positive Action
Attitudes to Discrimination in Scotland, 2006
Publications containing evidence on particular characteristics or areas of life can be found using the evidence finder.
Page updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014