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How to collect evidence at the start of your project

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In your Starting your grant form we ask you to estimate the percentage of people who will benefit from your project under a number of equality categories. There are no model answers here. The information you give will depend on what your project is for. We’ll also ask you to tell us what evidence you’ve used to work out your estimates.

You may already have evidence to hand through your own research, consultation or from previous projects or you may be able to get it from:

  • statistics (from sources such as the Census or Office of National Statistics)
  • research carried out by someone else (such as a voluntary sector organisation, local authority or university).

We’ve listed some useful sources of evidence which you may find helpful when estimating who will benefit from your project

The amount of evidence you’ll be able to get will depend on the type and scale of the project, how much you know about the people who will benefit and the time your staff or volunteers have available to research it. You need to be able to show that you’ve taken a balanced approach to working out your estimates bearing all this in mind.

It’s possible you may not be able to find up to date data for the area where your project will take place, or that you’ll find it difficult to collect particular types of equality data, for example, on sexual orientation and religion or belief. In this case you’ll need to take a practical approach. For example, you may decide to carry out your own short piece of research or base your estimates on statistics from a larger geographic area.

See examples of how to collect evidence at the start