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The subgroup started its work by identifying a number of common gaps and challenges in EU Member States and Norway, including the lack of a coordinated approach for equality data collection and use; insufficient resources and awareness of the importance of collecting equality data; incomplete identification of population groups at risk of discrimination due to overreliance on proxies; and insufficient consultation with relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of equality data collection.
The subgroup has developed the following products to support Member States:
Responding to the EU anti-racism action plan 2020-25 and calls by other groups to improve the availability of equality data disaggregated by racial or ethnic origin, the Subgroup on equality data agreed to develop a practical guidance note.
The 2021 Guidance note (available in 22 languages) aims to:
The 2018 Guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data (available in 22 languages) feature a number of concrete institutional and operational steps that EU Member States can undertake to enhance the availability and quality of equality data and to promote its effective use in developing evidence-based equality and non-discrimination policies.
The guidelines are divided into:
Institutional and structural guidelines
As a complement to these guidelines, the subgroup prepared a diagnostic mapping tool that EU Member States can use to assess the availability of equality data collected at national level and a compendium of practices that can provide inspiration when implementing the guidelines.
The Compendium of Practices on Equality Data aims to provide inspiration to EU Member States when implementing the guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data. It collates practices of Member States on equality data, providing information on the background and rationale underlying the practice, the way it was implemented, the main output, technical information, as well as a contact address for further information.
The diagnostic mapping tool can be used by Member States to map existing sources of equality data and identify gaps in data related to specific grounds of discrimination and/or areas of life, as recommended by Guideline no. 1. The information gathered through the mapping tool can also be used as a basis for setting up a data hub on equality and non-discrimination, as recommended by Guideline no. 3.