The ONS's Sexual Identity Project was established in 2006 to meet user requirements for information on sexual identity.
The project had three main objectives: question development, question testing and implementation and guidance.
This was a high priority project for ONS, involving consultation within and outside government, including academics, non-governmental organisations and lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) groups.
The project reported in 2009.
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To develop a question (or set of questions) on sexual identity that can be used on social surveys and for equality monitoring purposes
To test and evaluate the questions both quantitatively and qualitatively
To provide guidance to users of statistics, as well as those organisations collecting data, on sexual orientation