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Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) are an invaluable tool for identifying and mitigating the potential negative impact of new policies and programs on marginalised groups.

EqIAs are an essential tool to enable public sector organisations to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty and ensure they are making informed decisions that promote equality and inclusion.

Attend our highly practical Creating Effective Equality Impact Assessments to develop best practices for producing EqIAs. Learn the legal frameworks surrounding EqIA, how to conduct one comprehensively and strategies for implementing the results.

Develop the tools and mindset needed to create truly inclusive and equitable policies and programs, engage with diverse stakeholders and build a culture of inclusivity throughout your organisation.

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Dr James Palfreman-Kay
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner

James is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practitioner, who has over 20 years’ experience of working in the equalities within the public sector.

During this time he has led specific services to support disabled students and provided information, advice and guidance on EDI to employees, students and the wider community. He has published on topics such as dyslexia, mental health and hate crime.

In addition, James has led the National Association of Disability practitioners, which worked with the Department of Education and the Disability Rights Commission, and sat on the board for Healthwatch Dorset, holding ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the powerful role of EqIA in fulfilling the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Create policies that promote equality and avoid unconscious bias
  • Make comprehensive assessments that engage the right stakeholders
  • Drive change with effective and comprehensive reporting
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

The Equality Act 2010 and The Public Sector Equality Duty

  • Outline the legal duties and responsibilities
  • Explore the compliance penalties
  • Ensure a full understanding of what discrimination looks like and who it can affect
10:45 - 11:30

What are Equality Impact Assessments and Why Do They Matter?

Understand what Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) are and the important role they play in safeguarding equality and avoiding discrimination.

  • When are EqIAs needed?
  • What do they look like?
  • Why are they necessary?
  • How do they help promote equality?
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Unconscious Bias: How to Spot it and Avoid it

  • What is unconscious bias and why does it matter for EqIAs?
  • How can we train ourselves to spot our own unconscious bias?
12:30 - 13:00

Preparing for an Equality Impact Assessment

  • Make a comprehensive plan for who needs to be consulted
  • Know what evidence you will need and how it will be collected
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop: Producing an Effective Equality Impact Assessment – Part One

  • Running an effective consultation
  • Using the right data collecting tools for the job
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Producing an Effective Equality Impact Assessment – Part Two

  • Making conclusions based on the collected evidence
  • Deciding next steps if inequality is found
  • Reporting and disseminating your findings
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close