Measuring equality at a local level – putting theory into practice. Amanda Tuke Consultant to Department of Children, Young People and Learners London Borough of Croydon. Outline. Context for equality knowledge Equality knowledge management Sharing and mainstreaming equality knowledge
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Measuring equality at a local level – putting theory into practice
Consultant to Department of Children, Young People and Learners
London Borough of Croydon
How can what we know about equality locally be informed by the bigger picture described by national level data?
National level data far from problem-free…
‘ The data available on inequalities are inadequate in many ways, limiting people’s ability to understand problems and their causes, set priorities and track progress. And even where data do exist, they are not consistently used well or published in ways which make sense’
Equalities Review Feb 2007
The Review of Equality Data (Oct 2007) was a response to the recommendation in the Equalities Review that:
‘a cross-cutting Government review of current data needs is a fundamental and necessary starting point if Government and devolved administrations are to properly analyse, understand and address inequalities…’
Extension of data review to local area information for IDeA with practical suggestions of how to make use of data.
Less than a third agreed that they knew to find national level equality data and used it in performance management discussions…
Starting to build an ‘indicator equality profile’ with Coventry City Council…
National Indicator 117: 16-18 year olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEET)
Percentage of young people 16-18 not in employment, education or training, England. Source: DCSF (Figure for 2007 was 9.4%.)
Conflicting evidence depending on source.
Statistical First Release ‘Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 year olds in England’ – annual (gender splits)
NEET statistics quarterly brief (no equality disaggregation)
DCSF commissioned research:
Before we start a new collection, what do we already know about the aspect of equality we are interested in.
Only one in five agreed that their organisation ‘knows what it knows’ about equality …
Starting to build a disability profile with Sheffield City Council, to provide context for a number of local priorities including
18% of people reported a “limiting longstanding illness or disability” in UK (Source: Census 2001) and 19% of the working age population reported a “limiting longstanding illness or disability” in UK. Source: Labour Force Survey, 2007
Good agreement with other national sources…
Seven Lower Super Output areas in Sheffield appear in the lowest 10% by Index of Multiple Deprivation and highest 10% prevalence of limiting long-term illness or disability and non-white ethnicity.
Percentages of different underlying medical reasons for claiming Severe Disablement Allowance/Incapacity Benefit. England. Source: Benefit statistics (Department for Work and Pensions)
Percentages of different underlying medical reasons for claiming
Severe Disablement Allowance/Incapacity Benefit, May 2007.
Source: Neighbourhood Statistics (ONS) from DWP Benefit statistics
Rates of completed assessments for adult social care by type per 10,000 of population, 2006-7, using ICHSC data and ONS mid-year population estimates
Rates of receiving services for adult social care following assessment by type per 10,000 of population, 2006-7, using ICHSC data and ONS mid-year population estimates
How good are we at making sure equality knowledge is shared?
How could we embed equality into performance management?
Less than in five agreed that their organisation ‘shares knowledge effectively…’ and less than one in ten agreed that the use of equality information is ‘mainstreamed in their organisation’s performance management processes’
“White boys from sink estates are the new poor in Labour's Britain, an official report said yesterday.
It said the teenagers are being left behind while their black counterparts, who were once at the bottom of the educational heap, are forging ahead.”
Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, 3 April 2008 in response to ‘Diversity and different experiences in the UK’. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/nojournal/NSA_article.pdf
Building and mainstreaming an equality profile for looked after children with London Borough of Croydon to support improved performance:
Croydon Local Area Agreement
NI 63: Proportion of looked after children who have been looked after continuously for 2 ½ years, who have lived in the same placement for at least 2 years, or who were placed for adoption.
Corporate parenting panel