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Measuring equalities: data and indicators in Britain

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number3
Volume13
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)237-249
<mark>State</mark>Published
Early online date10/06/10
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Measuring equalities is important but contentious and challenging; matters of definition, technical details and data availability, not least the selection of appropriate measures, are complex. Yet the measuring of equalities is needed to address the needs of researchers as well as to aid policy development such as by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This paper discusses the issues involved in monitoring equalities across the full range of justicable strands (gender, ethnicity, disability, religion/belief, age and sexual orientation together with social class) in the 10 domains of the EHRC Equality Measurement Framework (longevity; physical security; health; education; standard of living; productive and valued activities; individual, family and social life; participation, influence and voice; identity, expression and self‐respect; and legal security). The paper concludes by offering headline indicators for each of the 10 dimensions that are relevant to the full range of equalities.