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Working with data

Guidance and tools to help you gather and analyse equality data, and deal with small numbers

Where do I start?

Equality data is central to equality and diversity work – it is essential to understand both the context of your institution and to identify where action is needed.

But gathering and analysing this data can be daunting, especially if you don’t have much experience working with data.

We’ve put together a short guide to the basics of data gathering and analysis. It introduces concepts and approaches and provides a number of analytical tools alongside examples of how to interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data.

Small samples? Don’t panic

Dealing with equality data often involves small numbers of individuals. This may be because a group isn’t well represented in your institution, or because your institution itself is quite small. But it is possible to get meaningful results from small samples, with the right tools.