Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) guidance

LSHTM uses equality impact assessments (EIA) as a means through which we examine and analyse the decisions we make to determine what the impact (positive, negative, or neutral) will be on different groups and individuals. An EIA provides a framework for staff to consider how a new policy or process might impact staff/students who identify as having one of the characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act 2010. Further, in line with LSHTM’s commitment beyond the Equality Act, EIA also enables consideration beyond the Equality Act, for example, of how those with caring responsibilities, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, those who live and work outside the UK and the broader wellbeing of the LSHTM community might be affected by a policy or process.

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Why do I need to complete an equality impact assessment? 

From a legal perspective, LSHTM has specific duties under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This includes, where differences in outcome or experiences have been identified, looking at ways to minimise these differences and ensure all groups have a similarly positive experience - I.e. removing or minimising negative impacts of decision-making, design and delivery of services, policy, procedure, and practice.

The EIA process, therefore, should provide assurance to the LSHTM community and those with governance responsibilities (i.e. including Council) that our decision-making includes consideration for potential adverse impacts and that decisions do not discriminate or disadvantage groups (including consideration of protected characteristics).  

Equality Impact Assessments also provide opportunities to proactively involve stakeholders and avenues for consultation and are also an opportunity to promote access and participation or to improve outcomes, to identify positive or neutral impacts.  

When do I need to do an equality impact assessment?

Every staff member at LSHTM has a responsibility to embed equity, diversity and inclusion into their work. Equality impact assessments should be an active part of the planning process for all significant development and review of policies, activities, services and decision-making happening at LSHTM that impacts on staff, students and visitors. EIAs are needed for specific activities e.g. related to employment, procurement and operational activities, as well as broader areas of work e.g. education and research.

The process involves careful consideration and potential consultation with various groups, so it is advised that an adequate amount of time is allowed to ensure the equality impact assessment has a meaningful impact on your decision making. The process should be included from the beginning of a new piece of work alongside other standard processes such as budget planning, risk assessments and health and safety checks – the EIA is a continuous process that should inform and contribute to the evolution of your own work.

We anticipate sharing example completed EIAs as case studies to provide further guidance on when an EIA should be completed.

For education programme changes, we would anticipate that equality considerations are included within programme reviews and (re)validation processes.

How do I do equality impact assessment?

Please refer to our EIA guidance which details the stages of an equality impact assessment process.