Presentation on theme: "The Government’s Purpose"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Government’s Purpose To focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.
2 “Poor measurement and a lack of transparency have contributed to … governments being unable to tackle inequalities. The data available on inequality are utterly inadequate in many ways…... And even where data do exist, they are not consistently used well or published in a way that makes sense.”Fairness and Freedom, The Final Report of the Equalities Review, February 2007
5 Equalities and the National Performance Framework National outcome specifically on tackling significant inequalitiesMany of the strategic objectives are critical to equalities domains – eg longevityEqualities critical to delivery of Strategic Objectives – eg solidarity
6 Of the 45 national indicators and targets, 29 relate to ‘people’ and in theory could be analysed by equality and poverty:23 can be analysed by gender0 can be analysed by ethnicity5 can be analysed by disability22 can be analysed by age0 can be analysed by sexual orientation0 can be analysed by religion3 can be analysed by household poverty
7 Poverty is not evenly spread: 17% of all individuals in Scotland are poor17% of White people are poor32% of Asian people are poor30% of remaining groups are poor20% of all individuals in Scotland have a long term illness or disability. 28% of poor individuals do.
8 Equalities and Income data: Problems Small numbersPartial data setsIncompatible data sets
9 Equalities and Income Data: Solutions Harmonisation of categories and questionsGuidance on collecting and using equality dataCombining datasets, e.g. across yearsEqualities data from the CensusWork is underway to allow Census respondents to be used as a sampling frameFocus on using data we have betterImportance of Scotstat
10 Equality and Human Rights Commission: Equality Measurement Framework: What is it for?Monitoring inequality and human rights in BritainEHRC triennial reportGEO baseline evidence and possible annual report on equalityTo support analysis of causes of inequality and evaluation of interventionsWhere does it come from?Theoretical grounding in the capability approach (Amartya Sen)Equalities Review (2007) Steering Group on MeasurementDeveloped subsequently by EHRC and GEO
11 3-5 ‘spotlight indicators’ to cover 10 domains SELECTION OF EHRC GB INDICATORS3-5 ‘spotlight indicators’ to cover 10 domainsWeb consultation on GB spotlight indicatorsScottish consultation event on 29 OctoberDevelopment of EHRC Equality Performance FrameworkEHRC reports every 3 years, possibly GEO report
12 Tick the equalities boxes in Scotstat’s “my areas of interest” to be kept informed