Stonewall today publishes a 10 point plain English guide to help employers and service providers explain to their staff and service users why monitoring information is being collected. ‘What’s it got to do with you?’ explains why a range of data – such as age, gender, sexual orientation and belief – may now be requested, and what the benefit is. With many organisations anticipating new measures in the Equality Bill ‘What’s it got to do with you?’ makes the case for monitoring across all equality characteristics.
Ruth Hunt, Head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, says: ‘People worry about being asked what can seem to be personal questions – including questions about their sexual orientation. No other resource exists that explains the rationale for monitoring in a clear and straightforward way. ’What’s it got to do with you?’ will help people understand why they should complete monitoring forms. Organisations will benefit by receiving accurate and complete information as a result. Most important of all, services will be better attuned to the diverse communities they serve.’
Thanks very much for that, its a really useful document. I'm sure response rates to surveys suffer because of the diversity questions. This could go some way to combating that. I think the next step should be national guidance on wording of questions, and explanatory paragraph.
Andy Hatter, 23 September 2009
This document is brilliant, as the Equality and Diversity Manager of a very large NHS Trust, getting people to complete the equality data can be very difficult. This explains is very simple and easy to read terms why its important. Here's hoping it makes a difference!!!
Keeley, 07 August 2009
I work in Social Housing and as part of my job we have to ask people the diversity questions. So many people get cross when we get to the sexuality question and this document will be perfect when we explain why we are asking! Thank you Stonewall - yet again yuo deliver the goods!
Jemma , 28 July 2009
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