When should I do an Equality Impact Assessment?

You can carry out an Equality Impact Assessment at any stage of planning or delivering a service.  You should always complete one for new services or provision, and it is good practice to carry them out on existing services as well.  You might want to prioritise certain groups or services initially, based on the local needs assessment. 

Equality Impact Assessments should be completed for:

  • New and reviewed policies
  • Key planning documents – like strategies and plans
  • New and existing services – service plans
  • Best value reviews and service re-design processes