The ONS-led review of equality data took place from June to September 2007.
It was guided by a cross-Government task force with diversity and equality stakeholders drawn from eight Whitehall departments and the three devolved administrations.
The starting point was a measurement framework proposed in the Cabinet Office-commissioned Equalities Review (February 2007) which included the following equality characteristics:
- sexual orientation
- socio-economic status
The report concludes that the lack of strategic co-ordination has contributed to the equality data gaps and inconsistencies in the equality and inequalities evidence base.
It makes 22 recommendations for ONS and other government bodies to improve co-ordination and processes, data comparability and quality, and data accessibility and presentation.