Equality Evidence Strategy 2013

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Roderick Campbell Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party

3. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in filling the equality evidence gaps in the equality evidence strategy 2013. (S4O-02217)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Further to the release of the equality evidence strategy 2013, the Scottish Government published seven comprehensive equality evidence reviews that collated information from a wide range of published research to fill evidence gaps across all the protected equality characteristics. The Scottish Government is working with National Records of Scotland colleagues ahead of the release of equality tables from the 2011 census, which are due for publication from this summer. The census data will help to address evidence gaps across a number of equality characteristics and will provide that information at lower-level geographies.

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Can the minister advise me what feedback has been received regarding the equality evidence finder website, specifically from disabled groups? Does she believe that further engagement is required with any groups?

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government and disabled people’s organisations have jointly established a working group that is aimed at improving the disability pages of the equality evidence finder. The disabled people’s organisations within the group have been positive about the evidence finder, welcoming it as a new resource, but they and the Scottish Government recognise that more could be done to improve it. The Scottish Government will continue to engage with the group to ensure that the evidence gaps are considered, prioritised and, importantly, filled where that is appropriate.