Equality Impact Assessments

What is an equality impact assessment?

An equality impact assessment is a tool to identify whether or not policies, services and procedures are having an adverse impact on a particular group of people due to race, gender-reassignment, age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  In other words, is the policy or procedure being provided in a way that meets the needs of the customer and not in a discriminatory manner?  The idea is to examine critically and identify any 'institutional' barriers, acts or omissions that detrimentally affect individuals and communities. 

For new or changing policies the equality impact assessment helps to identify potential adverse or positive impacts or unmet needs or requirements for different groups of people in the community.

Good practice also includes an assessment of needs and impact on other areas of interest, these include: asylum seeker and refugee communities; migrant workers and other new arrivals. 

Why carry out equality impact assessments?

Equality impact assessments:

  • Help to improve the services delivered by identifying where improvements are needed and taking appropriate action.

  • Form part of the business planning process so that it is not perceived as a separate exercise, saving time and resources.

  • Enable service providers to engage with service users and stakeholders to identify/measure unequal outcomes or unmet needs, and then use the results to develop equality objectives and targets that become part of the business plan.

  • Help Daventry District Council to become a better employer by identifying the needs of its different groups of employees and making changes as appropriate.

  • Enable the Council to fulfil its wider 'General Duty' under the Equality Act 2010 to promote good community relations and equal opportunities, and combat unlawful discrimination.

Planned and completed impact assessments