We would like to hear your views on our revised Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) Policy & Procedure.
This consultation closes on 28 April 2022 (midnight).
You can find the consultation document here:
At PSOW, we are committed to supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do. We also have legal duties to consider the effects of our decisions, policies or services on some communities, individuals, or groups.
To help us assess how our work impacts on different communities, individuals and groups, we have in place an Equality Impact Assessment Policy & Procedure.
We last revised our Equality Impact Assessment Policy & Procedure in March 2020. You can find our current Equality Impact Assessment Policy & Procedure and our current EIA form on our website here.
We now want to update that document and make some changes that will make our EIA process simpler and more effective.
We would like to hear your views on our revised Equality Impact Assessment Policy & Procedure:
We always intended to review this policy and procedure after two years. However, we also noticed some issues that make it sometimes difficult for us to undertake our EIAs:
We will use our revised procedure to assess our:
The EIAs of our core functions will be high-level and general assessments, based on a broad range of evidence: our service user and staff surveys, our complainant and staff equality profile, broader research and other matters. These EIAs will be completed and kept up to date by our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
The purpose of these EIAs will be to identify the general areas of our work with possible positive or negative impacts on equality. We will then make sure that when we consider a policy, decision or project relevant to that function and we take into account the possible positive or negative impacts identified in these high-level EIAs.
The EIAs of our functions will have already considered a wide range of relevant evidence, so colleagues conducting the assessments of more specific policies, projects and decisions would have that evidence at their fingertips. This should help them to focus more on collecting additional evidence that may be relevant to the specific issue that they are assessing.
We will simplify the initial screening stage of the procedure, from the current 9 questions to 3. These questions will be:
So far, we have been publishing our EIAs if we found that the impact was ‘high’ (‘substantial’). We will now focus on identifying any positive or negative impacts and publish all full EIAs that we complete.
Submit your response by midnight 28 April 2022 in any of the following ways:
Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
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Thank you for your interest in our EIA Policy and Procedure.