Equality Impact Assessment is only effective if it leads to clear recommendations for action. Once the differential impacts have been identified and investigated, there are a number of basic options which can be recommended. Additional actions should be recommended where appropriate, for improvement purposes or to remove risks.
- If the area being assessed is robust and needs no significant adjustments – No major changes needed
- If the area being assessed has risks, problems or missed opportunities – Adjust the policy
- If the area being assessed has risks, problems or missed opportunities which can be justified – Continue the policy
- If the area being assessed may result in unlawful discrimination – Stop and remove it
These suggestions are based on guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.