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									Equality Impact Assessment
BBC Diversity Strategy Review
Aims and objectives
To review the BBC’s Diversity Strategy and develop a single expression of the BBC’s commitments on diversity which responds to
the Corporation’s responsibilities in this area under both the Charter, and the public sector equality duty (Equality Act 2010),
informed by engagement with the public and its staff.

Main activities
   Reviewing existing Diversity Strategy and divisional diversity action planning process
   Engaging with licence fee payers and staff
   Establishing a set of strategic equality diversity objectives, informed by research and consultation
   Publishing strategy documents, research and consultation reports and diversity action plans

Identifying positive and negative impact, and any necessary action
A programme of audience research and consultation will inform the development of the BBC’s strategy by testing the relevance and
importance to the public and staff of a set of proposed equality objectives which will drive the BBC’s activity on diversity. The
audience research will be framed to ensure that the sample includes people with the full range of protected characteristics under
the Equality Act, in addition to reflecting the general population. The audience research will also involve organisations focused on
individual protected characteristics to benefit from their professional experience.
A public consultation, conducted online, will complement the audience research enabling a direct conversation with the public
inviting anyone who might be interested to give us their views on topics similar to those being covered in the audience research,
including the proposed equality objectives. We know from previous experience that some groups of people are less likely to
respond to an online consultation who we consistently hear less often from in this way. This often includes women, disabled people




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and black and minority ethnic people. The audience research will help ensure that we hear the views of people with these
experiences.
An online consultation designed specifically for staff will be available which will ask a set of questions in addition to those asked of
the public giving staff the opportunity to comment on their experience working for the corporation. Other ways of taking part in the
consultation will also be offered including face to face workshops and individual in-depth interviews.
Some specific considerations relating to the audience research, consultation process and the publication of the Diversity Strategy
and supporting documentation are set out below.

Disabled People
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population. However, we will ensure that
    disabled people with a range of impairments are represented within that sample so that their views and experience are included
    and reflected.
   Disabled people with sensory impairments may be unable to input into the research so we will ensure that Braille copies of
    consultation document are available for use at the events, sign-language interpreters are used at events if requested and that
    text phone are offered for interviews, or at a face-to-face interview with sign-language interpreters.
   Disabled people with physical access requirements may be unable to access the research event venues so only fully accessible
    venues for focus groups and forums will be used.
   Learning disabled people may be unable to input into the research so we will commission an easy-read version of the
    consultation documents and provided where required. Individual interviews will be arranged to facilitate contribution to the
    consultation as an adjustment to attending a focus group or forum.
   Disabled people who use personal assistant support might not be able to attend a focus group due to the timing of the event.
    Consideration will be paid to the timing of the events to ensure people are not excluded. Where timings of events are exclusive,
    consideration to providing a telephone interview option will be given.
   Disabled people, particularly those with hidden impairments, might not feel comfortable talking about their experiences in a
    focus group or open forum. Follow-up telephone interviews will be offered to those who did not feel comfortable discussing
    certain aspects of their experiences.



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   Disabled people might not be able to input into the on-line consultation due to inaccessibility of the website. The consultation
    micro-site will be made fully accessible for screen-readers and other assistive technologies.
   Disabled people may not be able to access the strategy document, the reports of the research and consultation and the
    individual diversity action plans when they are published. We will ensure that all the documents we publish are accessible for
    screen-readers and other assistive technologies. An easy-read version of the strategy document will be published so that
    learning disabled people are able to access the commitments we are making on diversity.

People from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population. However, within that
    sample, we will also ensure that there is a good representation of black and minority ethnic people so that their views and
    experiences are included and reflected.
   People who don’t speak or read a good level of English or Welsh might find it harder to input into the research or consultation
    meaningfully. It would not be proportionate to translate materials or use interpreters to obtain the views of people other than in
    English or Welsh. However, the easy-read version of the consultation will be offered for people who might not have a good level
    of reading English.
   Similarly it would not be proportionate to translate the strategy document, the research and consultation reports and the
    diversity action plans. However, the easy-read version of the strategy document will be published offering greater access to
    people without a good level of reading English to our commitments.

Men and women
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population, including a gender-balanced
    sample ensuring the views of an equal proportion of women and men are included and reflected.
   People who have caring responsibilities might find it hard to attend a focus group or forum depending on the time of day they
    are held. Events will be held during the working day and in evenings in order to help participants fit the event around their caring
    responsibilities.




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Trans people
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population. We will take appropriate
    steps to include trans people in the research.
   Transgender people may choose not to disclose their status in an open forum and therefore their views might not be attributed
    to their protected characteristic. Follow-up telephone interviews will be offered to those who did not feel comfortable discussing
    their status or certain aspects of their experiences.

People of different ages
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population, including a sample that is
    balanced in terms of different age groups.
   Older people might find it hard to attend a focus group or forum depending on the time of day they are held. Events will be held
    during the working day which older people might find preferable to an evening event.

People of different sexual orientations
   We will ensure that the research involves a sample that is representative of the general population. Within that we will ensure
    that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are represented within that sample. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people may choose not to
    disclose their sexual orientation in an open forum and therefore their views might not be attributed to their protected
    characteristic. Follow-up telephone interviews will be offered to those who did not feel comfortable discussing certain aspects of
    their experiences.

People with different faiths / beliefs
   People may choose not to disclose their religious beliefs in an open forum and therefore their views might not be attributed to
    their protected characteristic. Follow-up telephone interviews will be offered to those who did not feel comfortable discussing
    certain aspects of their experiences.




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   People who have particular religious beliefs may not be able to eat at the events if their dietary requirements are not catered for.
    Research participants will be asked in advance if they have any dietary requirements and these requirements will be catered for
    where possible.




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