Putting equality at the heart of data
Several sessions helped us reflect on the ways we collect data – such as the process of collecting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) information from users and staff. Sian Basker from Data Orchard encouraged organisations to compare the protected characteristics to the data they currently have on staff and users. You’ll probably find that you have more complete and up-to-date data on one characteristic (such as age) but not enough on another (such as marriage and civil partnership).
Even within these protected characteristics, there are questions surfacing around their definitions. As our culture changes and we begin to scrutinise the language behind these terms, collecting data about DEI is a process that needs reviewing. Kevin Guyan from EDI Scotland hosted the session ‘Count me in – the collection of diversity monitoring data and its use for action’. This session exposed how diversity monitoring questions should be formatted in a way that enables users and staff to identify accurately.
Article on the Data4Good event which suggests that language around D&I surveys needs to be addressed.