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Equality, Poverty & Social Justice Analysis,
Communities Analysis Division,
Scottish Government,
1F North,
Victoria Quay,
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Equality Evidence Finder

Equality Evidence Finder

The Equality Evidence Finder has recently moved to a new website

The Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. The Equality Evidence Finder brings together the latest statistics and research, presenting a summary of the available evidence by equality characteristic, policy area or National Performance Framework indicator. Data can be explored using the interactive charts.  Links to further datasets, statistics and research are provided to help find the full range of available equality evidence.

Equality Evidence Finder

Guidance for equalities analysis

Scottish Equality Evidence Framework

The Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland's equality evidence. These pages provide information and guidance to consider when gathering and using equality evidence. There is also information and guidance when collecting local level equality evidence. You can access these pages by selecting the Scottish Equality Evidence Framework

Equality Evidence Reviews

Equality Evidence Reviews

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance on setting equality outcomes states that public authorities, such as the Scottish Government, should use a range of evidence relating to people with protected characteristics to set their equality outcomes. A series of seven evidence reviews were conducted to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s equality outcomes. The reviews explore available evidence about the scale and severity of issues faced by people with protected characteristics.

Find Equality Evidence Reviews

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework                       National Performance Framework         

Scottish Ministers are committed to the outcomes based approach as set out in the National Performance Framework's (NPF) 10 year vision. It provides a measure of progress towards the National Outcomes and reflects current priorities as outlined in Manifesto Commitments, the Government Economic Strategy, Programme for Government and Spending Review documents. A breakdown of progress towards the National Indicators according to protected equality characteristic can be accessed here.



Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2016 (April 2018)

Official statistics publication on equality groups across a range of measures from harmonised questions across the major SG population surveys. This publication is available for individual years, as well as a combined multi-year SSCQ which pools several years of data allowing for more in-depth analysis. This publication provides statistics centred around protected equality characteristics and sub-national geographies: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, country of birth, deprivation and Health Board/Police Scotland Division.

Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2016

Multi-year SSCQ 2012-15

UK Ethnicity Facts and Figures (UK Government, October 2017) 

This website brings together a range of UK government statistics covering ethnicity.  It includes crime, culture, education, health, housing and work.  Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on the following link, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Equality Facts and Figures Website

Gender Index Working Paper (September 2017)

This working paper describes the process that the Scottish Government has followed to date to explore producing a Gender Index that brings together a range of indicators on inequalities facing both women and men in Scotland. This was a research action identified in the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, published in October 2016. The Scottish Government is publishing this working paper now to update on progress and to invite those who may have an interest in developing this, and other gender data initiatives, further to get in touch. A workshop is planned for Autumn 2017 and anyone who is interested can contact the Scottish Government:

Gender Index Working Paper

Scottish Household Survey 2016 Findings (September 2017)

The Scottish Household Survey provides robust evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals.  It includes analysis of housing, neighbourhoods, economic activity and use of local services. This publication looks at age, gender, deprivation, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation.

Scottish Household Survey 2016 Key Findings

Scottish Household Survey 2016 Annual Report

Scottish Household Survey 2016: Local Authority Tables

Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy 2017-2021

Scotland's Equality Evidence Strategy has now been published on the Scottish Government website. This paper sets out a four year strategy (2017 - 2021) describing the equality evidence gaps we have identified in concert with our partner organisations and academic colleagues, and detailing a strategic approach to strengthening Scotland's equality evidence base.

Equality Evidence Strategy 2017 - 2021

Sexual Orientation in Scotland 2017 - A Summary of the Evidence Base

This report draws together statistics and research on sexual orientation from a range of sources and presents these in a single bulletin, providing user-friendly infographics and commentary. It examines the differences between heterosexual adults in Scotland and those who self-identify their sexual orientation as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other in major household surveys.

Sexual Orientation in Scotland 2017

Equality Evidence Toolkit for Public Authorities (Updated August 2016)

This resource aims to help public authorities source and use equality evidence to meet requirements of The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties)(Scotland) Regulations 2012. This evidence can be used for: reporting progress towards equality outcomes; equality mainstreaming; and reporting information on employees. The resource was updated in August 2016 - it can be used by public authorities to help develop new outcomes and prepare for reporting in April 2017. 

Equality Evidence Toolkit for Public Authorities

New Perspectives On The Gender Pay Gap: Trends And Drivers (2016)

This report explains the different measures of the gender pay gap and considers how it has been changing over time. It also considers underlying drivers and describes Scottish Government policy intended to help encourage the decline of the pay gap.

New Perspectives on the Gender Pay Gap: Trends and Drivers

Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland - A Comprehensive Analysis of the 2011 Census (2015)

This report brings together analysis previously published to provide a comprehensive and wide ranging evidence base on Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers. It presents analysis of key areas such as health, education, housing, transport and economic indicators to reveal important information on the lives and life chances of Gypsy/Travellers.

Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland - A Comprehensive Analysis of the 2011 Census

Which Ethnic Groups Have the Poorest Health? (2015)

This report examines differences in the health of ethnic groups in Scotland and uses census health data to identify variations between groups.  The analysis employs age-standardised rates to compare people of similar age, which avoids the often misleading direct comparisons between populations with very different age structures.

Which ethnic groups have the poorest health?

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census - Part 2 (2015)

This Scottish Government report adds value to equality data published on Scotland’s Census website by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). It brings together relevant statistics from the census and other sources to paint a highly detailed picture of equality in Scotland. The policy areas covered are Labour Market, Education, Housing and Transport.

The analysis is designed to be used by policy makers and stakeholders to evidence policy and equality outcomes, target services and help tackle discrimination (see below).

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census - Part 2

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census (2014)

This Scottish Government report adds value to equality data published on Scotland's Census website by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). It brings together relevant data from the census and other sources, and uses infographics to paint a picture of equality in Scotland, covering Ethnicity, Gypsy/Travellers, Religion, Disability and British Sign Language (BSL) users.

The analysis focuses on the 'cross-tab' equality tables released throughout 2014 by NRS and builds on the Scottish Government's analysis of the univariate equality tables, 'Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2' (see below).

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census

Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2 (2014)

The Scottish Government has published an analysis paper: 'Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2'. This paper provides further analysis of equality data originally released from the Census by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), and pulls this together into a user friendly format providing new analysis and insight, particularly around deprivation. The main equality strands included in the paper are ethnicity, religion and disability.

Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2

Gypsies/Travellers in Scotland: A Summary of the Evidence Base, Summer 2013

The Scottish Government has brought together evidence on Gypsies/Travellers from a range of existing sources to make it easier for users and policy makers to access and understand.  This evidence summary is presented in the following paper:

Gypsies/Travellers in Scotland: Summary of the Evidence Base, Summer 2013

Publications containing evidence on particular characteristics or areas of life can be found using the evidence finder.