We all want to experience dignity and fairness, so we can easily understand that everyone else has the same expectation. However, we are all limited by our own experiences, so it is all too easy to make decisions that do not take account of different needs and circumstances and may result in unintended consequences.
Equality analysis, formerly known as equality impact assessment, is the method used by the OU to give due regard to equality when developing and revising policy. Policy is broadly defined and means any proposed, amended or existing strategy, policy statement, project plan, procedure or practice, which is often, but not necessarily, a written document.
The need for equality analysis is identified through the annual business planning process or when unplanned change to policy is required. The aims of equality analysis are: to identify potential discrimination and remove or reduce this as far as possible, to consider how policy might support the promotion and advancement of equality of opportunity, and to consider how policy might help to promote and foster good relations. Equality analysis makes good business sense. It helps us to make better quality decisions and helps us reduce cost by not having to revisit policy that is not fit for purpose.