Equalities - assessment and consultation
The purpose of an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is to improve the work of the Council by making sure it does not discriminate and that, where possible, it promotes equality. It is a way to make sure individuals and teams think carefully about the likely impact of their work on people in Exeter and take action to improve strategies, policies and projects, where appropriate.
The EQIA helps council staff to assess and record the likely impact of its work on certain groups of people known as equality target groups. Carrying out an assessment means that as far as possible, any negative consequences of our work are eliminated or minimised and opportunities for promoting equality are maximised.
All project leaders are responsible for incorporating equalities into their projects or strategies and for assessing the equality impact. This should be a continuous process, starting at the very beginning of the project. Any project or policy team can use the EQIA to help them assess the potential impact of their project, regardless of whether it has been identified by the directorate as requiring an EQIA.
The Corporate Equalities Group then reviews completed EQIAs. See the links at the top of this page for more information on recent impact assessments we have carried out.