This guidance, funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), was developed by Advance HE in collaboration with Scottish college and university partners.
Map of Equality Impact Assessment content
The suggested model for strategic EIA prompts institutions to consider:
- How institutional equality priorities are identified.
- How strategic EIA takes place and effectively embeds these priorities within institutional strategic commitments and other areas of strategy and related activity.
The model will help institutions to address and enhance their approaches to meeting and representing equality and access requirements within strategy. The suggested model should also help to ensure wider institutional equality aims are met and legal public sector equality duty (PSED) obligations more effectively considered, aligned and mainstreamed. A simple overview of the model is included below.
The starting point and rationale
It is important to note that for this model to be effective, it requires institutions to:
- Adopt a ‘strategic embedding approach’ by having institutional equality and diversity priorities clearly identified through the process of institutional strategy, development and review.
- Regard EIA of high level strategy and policy as a fundamentally strategic process, with EIA undertaken and embedded as part of strategy or policy development and decision making, within the framework of agreed and identified equality aims.
- This will help to ensure:
- EIA is informed by strategic equality aims and priorities (including institutional equality outcomes) within strategy development and provides greater alignment and consistency between institutional equality strategy and other equality work and activities;
- There is a robust framework for identifying and understanding high level equality risks, impacts and opportunities to further advance institutional equality priorities and address mitigation to deal with any negative impacts or unintended consequences identified;
- More effective alignment of institutional processes that enables strategic intentions and direction to be effectively cascaded, mainstreamed, co-ordinated and mapped through relevant operational plans and activities and other institutional EIAs.
EIA Stage One: How to scope the EIA
Scope and identify core institutional equality priorities and drivers for the strategy or policy.
EIA Stage Two: How to assess impact within the EIA
Understanding, judging and assessing high level risks, impacts and opportunities.