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This fact sheet has links to further sources of help that may assist you with gathering your evidence and reaching everyone. It also lists some useful organisations.

Gathering your evidence

A Guide to Equality and Diversity in the Third Sector (2008)

Provides practical guidance on data collection (section 4).

Equality information and the equality duty: A guide for public authorities (2011)

Provides guidance in relation to data collection and dealing with more sensitive equality information (section 5).

Ethnic Monitoring: A Guide for Public Authorities (Non-statutory) (2002)

Provides practical guidance about data collection and analysis.

Monitoring Diversity and Equality of Opportunity in Volunteering (2010)

Provides practical guidance on data collection, in relation to volunteers, that could be adapted and applied to project users. Also includes a sample monitoring form.

Measuring Effectiveness (2002)

Provides a number of monitoring and evaluation tools and tips to get a good response rate (pages 42 – 43).

Equality statistics in practice at a local level (2009)

Describes the challenges that a number of public sector bodies experienced in relation to data collection and includes examples of good practice (section 4.5).

Reaching more people

How to communicate with hard-to-reach groups

Provides practical advice on communicating with people referred to as ‘hard to reach’.

Working with Hard to Reach Young People – a practical guide (2007)

Provides practical guidelines for organisations who seek to improve their engagement with hard to reach young people with a view to reducing offending.

Hard to reach: easy to ignore - Engaging and Working with Black and Minority Ethnic and Faith Groups (2009)

Describes the shared experiences of engaging and working with Black and Minority Ethnic and Faith Groups.

Useful organisations

1. General

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The EHRC has a statutory remit across England, Wales and Scotland to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. Its website includes a number of publications and research.

Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF)

A national network of organisations promoting co-operation across the equality and human rights strands. Its website contains a wide range of reports and equality information.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

The Commission is responsible for implementing legislation on fair employment, sex discrimination and equal pay, race relations, sexual orientation and disability in Northern Ireland. It also oversees the statutory duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act. Its website includes a number of publications and research.

Government Equalities Office

GEO has responsibility within Government for equality strategy and legislation andtakes the lead on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters. Its website includes publications, factsheets and research.

2. Gender and Gender Identity

Women’s Resource Centre

This is a national charity supporting women’s organisations to be more effective and sustainable. Its website provides information about publications and there are a number of links to other resources.

Press for Change

This is an organisation which campaigns for respect for all transgender people. It holds a significant amount of resources and information on its website. It also holds training sessions on transgender rights.

3. Sexual orientation


Stonewall is an organisation which campaign on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) issues. Its website contains a range of information that may be useful to an organisation seeking to implement good practice.

LGBT Consortium of VCOs

The LGBT consortium is an organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and voluntary organisations. Its website contains a number of resources.

4. Age

Age UK

Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.

British Youth Council

The purpose of the British Youth Council is to represent the voice of young people. Its website provides research and reports.

5. Disability

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

This organisation campaigns for and works with blind and partially sighted people. It has numerous publications on its website.

Action on Hearing Loss

This charity deals with deaf and hard of hearing people. The website contains a range of resources.


Mencap works with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Its website contains a number of factsheets and publications.


Mind aims to advance the views and ambitions of people with mental health problems by challenging discrimination, promoting inclusion and influencing policy. Its website contains various factsheets.

6. Ethnicity


CEMVO provides a voice for Britain’s minority ethnic voluntary and community sector. Its website includes a range of publications and case studies.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA)

ROTA is a social policy think-tanks focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Its website includes a range of research publications.

Voice for Change England

Voice for Change England is a partnership of national and regional organisations that speaks and campaigns for the interests of BME third sector organisations. Its website includes a number of research publications.

7. Religion or belief

Faith Regen Foundation

This organisation specialises in faith community and intercultural dialogue, capacity building and regeneration. It promotes greater understanding between faiths and identifies solutions for encouraging positive relationships with a multi-faith society based on collaboration.

Interfaith Network for the UK

The Inter Faith Network’s aim is to promote good relations between people of different faiths in the UK. Its website includes a number of publications.

The British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association is an organisation whose mission is to represent the interests of those people without religious belief in this country. It is committed to an open and inclusive society that respects human rights and equality. Its website includes a number of resources.