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									          Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

                    Terms of Reference
 Awareness of Equality Issues amongst the General Public in
                      Northern Ireland
                                 June 2008


1.   Summary
     The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (hereafter “The
     Commission”) wishes to contract research into awareness of equality
     issues amongst the general population of Northern Ireland. The
     proposed survey is a follow-up from a previous survey conducted in
     2005.

     The Commission wishes to receive proposals from organisations or
     individuals for the conduct of this work. The Commission has already
     drafted potential questions and will undertake its own analysis and
     written interpretation using the cross tabulations supplied by the
     successful contractor. The contractor shall thus be responsible for data
     collection, input, validation and the production of a tabular report
     presenting the results from the quantitative work.


2.   Background
     The Commission has responsibility for overseeing, reviewing and
     enforcing equality legislation with regards to religious belief, political
     opinion, sex and sexual orientation, race, disability and age (2006). In
     general, each of these statutes make discrimination unlawful in respect
     to employment and the provision of goods, facilities and services, with
     certain exceptions in regard to sexual orientation and age.

     Some areas of legislation place additional requirements on employers.
     For example, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) requires
     employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, while
     the Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006 places a new duty on
     public bodies to promote positive attitudes towards disabled people,
     and encourage their participation in public life. The Fair Employment
     and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order (1998) requires employers to
     monitor the composition of their workforce and review policies and
     procedures. Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998) places a
     statutory duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity and
     good relations amongst people of different age, sex, sexual orientation,
     marital status, political opinion, religious belief, those with and without
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         disability and those with and without dependents in policies and
         practices.

         The Commission has a wide range of powers and responsibilities.
         These include:

                  offering advice and assistance to people who believe they have
                   been discriminated against;
                  enforcing the law;
                  information, education and promotion (including seminars and
                   training courses for employers);
                  overseeing the public sector’s statutory duty;
                  research;
                  keeping equality legislation under review.


2.1.     Measuring Equality Awareness

         A major aspect of measuring levels of awareness of equality issues
         amongst the general population is to determine changes with respect to
         a baseline position. Such a baseline enables gaps in awareness of
         equality issues to be identified so that future awareness-raising
         initiatives can be appropriately targeted.


2.2      Previous Equality Awareness Surveys

         Previous research into awareness of equality issues using omnibus
         surveys has been conducted at various points in the development of
         the Commission, and for various reasons.

         The first survey was commissioned at the time of the formation of the
         ECNI in 1999 (ECNI 2000, unpublished), to assess awareness of the
         new Commission and its duties in relation to the implementation of
         equality legislation, including Section 75. The project also assessed
         general attitudes towards equality issues, and perceptions of
         discrimination in the workplace, in relation to each group covered by
         equality legislation at that time (i.e. sex, race, disability,
         religious/political opinion).

         A further survey examining equality awareness was commissioned to
         assess the impact of legislation governing the implementation of the
         Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (ECNI 2002).

         The most recent survey took place in 2005 (ECNI 2006). As well as
         identifying changes in equality awareness since 2002 - 2003 1 for older
         legislation, such as FETO, the survey also established baseline data
1
  Comparative data for 2002 – 2203 was drawn from the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey
(2002) and the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2003.




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         for newer statutes, such as the Sexual Orientation Regulations and
         SENDO. In addition to awareness of legislation, the survey also
         probed respondents social attitudes and knowledge of the Commission
         itself.


3.       Rationale

         Following on from the 2005 survey, the Commission wishes to re-
         examine awareness of the Commission and attitudes towards equality
         issues amongst the general public (an additional element in the 2008
         survey will be a set of questions designed to capture the degree of
         public confidence in the Commission and its work). Using baselines
         established by the 2005 and earlier surveys, this will enable the
         Commission to monitor change over time. The Commission recognises
         that the appropriate vehicle for such a project may be a survey of the
         general public.


3.1.     Aim

         To establish current awareness of equality-related issues amongst the
         general public in Northern Ireland, and monitor change since 2005 2.
         The findings will be used to inform future service provision within the
         Commission.


3.2.     Objectives

         The key objectives are as follows:

              1. To establish the degree of current awareness of equality
                 legislation.
              2. To identify the level of current awareness of the roles and
                 responsibilities of the Commission (including, section 75,
                 information and advice, complaints procedures and affirmative
                 action).
              3. To acquire baseline data on the level of public confidence in the
                 Commission and its work.
              4. To capture attitudes towards equality issues including key
                 equality groupings.
              5. To probe perceptions and personal experience of discrimination.




2
 As it is envisaged that Commission staff will draft the final report in-house, the contractor will
be primarily responsible for measuring current awareness only (via the questionnaire).
Comparative analyses of previous data will be conducted by the Commission.




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           In addition to the above, demographic questions will be required to
           allow meaningful analysis 3 across different demographic groups e.g. –
           age, gender and social class.


4.         Research Methodology

           The contractor shall only be responsible for data collection, input,
           validation and production of a tabular report presenting the detailed
           results 4 from the quantitative work cross-tabulated by key
           demographic variables. The Commission shall assume responsibility
           for data interpretation, and write-up of a research report utilising the
           survey findings.

           To assist potential contractors the Commission has already drafted a
           list of around 60 potential questions (Appendix 1) that will form the
           basis for the refinement of a final questionnaire 5. The Commission
           and the successful contractor shall work together to refine the
           questions based on the set included in Appendix 1.

           Contractors must set out a methodology and associated costing to
           deliver the survey. In particular the contractor should provide
           information on:-

           1. Sampling methods
               how the sample will be selected (e.g. stratified random sample
                with quotas for age, gender, community background and local
                government district);
               indications of the sample size to be achieved within each
                stratified demographic category, to allow valid statistical
                inferences to be made about the population as a whole;
               the extent to which the proposed sampling procedure is likely to
                provide results sufficient for the analysis of key sub-groupings.

           2. Surveying methods
               Details of how the survey will be conducted (e.g. face-to-face
                 interviews, telephone interviews, etc.). It is the Commission’s
                 view that face-to-face interviews will be the most effective
                 means of delivering a suitable final dataset. Contractors are
                 however welcome to present, for consideration, a well reasoned
                 case that outlines a suitable alternative method.


3
    i.e. where cell size is sufficient to ensure valid and reliable results

4
 This should include tests of statistical significance regarding any differences observed by
key demographic groups (e.g. factors such as religion, gender, ethnicity, social class,
disability and age etc).

5
    It is envisaged that the final survey questionnaire will consist of not more than 70 questions.




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                  If it is proposed to include the questions as a module in an
                   omnibus (rather than a bespoke survey), details of other
                   modules being included in the omnibus survey should be
                   provided.

         3. Weighting of sample:
             How the sample will be reweighted (if required) to ensure
               findings are representative of the Northern Ireland population
               (e.g. by education or social class).

         4. Analytical approaches:
              To ensure the robustness of the data - including tests of
               statistical significance and cross-categorisation of data by
               demographic variables / equality groupings.

         5. Reporting Framework
              How information will be reported and presented in the draft and
               final reports.


5.       Outputs and Timetable

         It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in July 2008. The
         successful contractor should be available to commence work within a
         reasonable time period thereafter. It is expected that the survey
         fieldwork should be carried out during October 2008 with final outputs
         being delivered not later than end-November 2008. While these are
         indicative timelines, prospective Contractors are welcome to propose a
         timetable that can deliver earlier than the outlined timeline, for
         consideration.

         The project has a number of deliverables, namely:-

             a Project Initiation Document meeting the required standards for
              acceptance by the Commission. The document will incorporate the
              detailed scope of the study, roles and responsibilities, methodology,
              assumptions, risks, deliverables, reporting and timing. The
              contractor shall provide the draft document in advance and meet
              with the Advisory Group to discuss.

             interim progress report including a summary of any activities
              undertaken and outstanding and any key findings to date (if
              applicable), meeting the required standards for acceptance by the
              Commission. The contractor should outline proposed dates for
              interim progress report in the response to tender. It is anticipated
              that this document will be completed not later than mid-September
              2008.




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             a draft final report 6 consisting of:-

              o a technical report or appendix, containing an account of the
                methodology used, any weightings applied and an assessment
                of the robustness of the approach and survey findings (including
                statistical significance; standard errors etc).

              o a detailed tabular report presenting the survey questionnaire and
                detailed results from the quantitative work cross-tabulated by the
                key demographic variables.

              o It is expected that this document will be completed not later than
                mid November 2008.

             final report(s) meeting the required standards for acceptance by
              the Commission - shall be with the Commission within 3 weeks of
              the Commission providing feedback on the draft final report.

         o Cleaned and validated electronic versions of any data (in SPSS
           format) and syntax collected or created during the project delivered
           simultaneously with the final report.



6.       Costs
         The contractor should present a breakdown of costs as specified in the
         attached "response to tender" guidelines, including a clear indication of
         the individual staff working on each element and their associated day
         rates.

         Without being prescriptive, the Commission feels (based on
         previous work) that realistic costings for the work outlined above
         will likely fall in the range £25,000 - £28,000 (inclusive of any VAT)

         While contractors are required to submit a cost-effective bid to deliver
         the core elements of the work, they may also wish to give consideration
         to proposing additional options 7 which would enhance the scope or
         reliability of the work (e.g. increased sample sizes).




6
  The contractor should outline a proposed date for submission of the draft final report in their
response to tender.

7
  In instances where additional options are suggested, contractors should set out in detail the
rationale for their proposal and provide additional and separate costings for these optional
elements.




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7.       Submission of Response to Tender

         The Commission invites contractors to submit a proposal for the
         completion of the above survey

         All tender documentation must be received by 12.00pm on
         Monday 30th June 2008. No late proposals will be accepted. Further
         details, including the expected format of response are contained within
         the appended document “Guidelines for Response to Tender”.

             It would be helpful if contractors could forward an expression of
              interest in submitting a proposal to Ray Russell,
              Rrussell@equalityni.org by Friday 20th June 2008.

             Contractors should submit three hard-copy tender proposals in a
              plain envelope clearly marked “Equality Awareness Research
              Proposal” to:

                   Dr Ray Russell
                   Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
                   Equality House
                   7-9 Shaftesbury Square
                   Belfast
                   BT2 7DP

             Contractors should additionally submit an electronic version of
              their proposal to Rrussell@equalityni.org

             The Commission are happy to provide clarification on any aspect of
              this proposal. All enquiries should be directed to Ray Russell on
              028 90 500 569 or via Rrussell@equalityni.org



8.       Outcomes

         The Commission reserves the right to invite selected contractors to
         attend interview after the submission of tenders. It is anticipated that
         the contract will be awarded in July 2008.

         All contractors will be contacted by letter once the contract has been
         awarded.


9.       References
         1. Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) (2000). Equality
            Awareness Survey. (unpublished study)
         2. Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) (2002). Public
            Attitudes to Disability in Northern Ireland. Belfast: ECNI.


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         3. Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI). (2006).
            Awareness of Equality Issues amongst the General Public in
            Northern Ireland.. Belfast: ECNI.




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              Appendix 1: Proposed Survey Questions

To give an indication of the size and scope of the project the Commission are
happy to include the following draft questions.

The items are indicative rather than prescriptive. The Commission is
prepared to discuss the number and structure of questions to deliver an
achievable and effective survey outcome, and would wish to discuss the
refinement and further development of these questions with the successful
contractor.

In general, efforts should be made to ensure that all questions are worded in a
clear and simple manner to make them accessible, reflective of varying levels
of literacy in the general public.




          Draft Equality Awareness Survey 2008 Questions
SECTION A: AWARENESS OF EQUALITY COMMISSION

A1.   What is the name of the organisation with overall responsibility for
      promoting equality and dealing with anti-discrimination laws in Northern
      Ireland? (unprompted)

          Equality Commission - Correct
          Human Rights Commission
          Fair Employment Commission
          Commission for Racial Equality
          Equal Opportunities Commission
          Northern Ireland Disability Council
          Northern Ireland Office
          Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
          The Northern Ireland Assembly
          Northern Ireland Ombudsman
          Disability Action
          Industrial Tribunals or Courts
          Other (please specify)
          Don’t Know
          Refused

A2.   The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is the public body that
      deals with discrimination. Had you ever heard of the Equality
      Commission before I mentioned it just now?
          Yes
          No
          Refused
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A3.      Where have you heard about the Equality Commission? (unprompted)

           Work-related training course                     Newspapers / magazine articles

           HR department (personnel)                        Newspapers / magazine advertisements

           Trade union                                      Television (generally)

           Solicitor                                        Television (News)

           Labour Relations Agency                          Television Interviews

           Human Rights Commission                          Radio (generally)

           Equality Commission                              Radio News

           Tribunal offices                                 Radio Interviews

           Law Centre                                       Website

           Citizens Advice Bureau                           Word of Mouth

           Community Groups                                 Equality Commission ezine

           Special interest groups (e.g. LGB / racial-      Advertising on public transport and
           ethnic / disability / women )                    billboards

           Religious organisation                           Equality Commission leaflet or guide book

           Poster or billboard advertisements               Refused

           Other (specify)



A4.      And how much would you say you know about the role or work of the
         Equality Commission? (prompted)

             Know a lot
             Know some
             Know a little
             Know nothing at all
             Refused


A5. What do you think are the main services provided by the Equality
Commission?
    (unprompted)

           Providing information and publications on the Regulations
           Advising people who may have experienced discrimination.
           Supporting people who may have experienced discrimination to take their case to tribunal.
           Investigating and researching equality related issues.
           Information for employers on Equality Commission website
           Training for employers (seminars and workshops)
           Employer-led networks (supported by Equality Commission)
           Monitoring the workforce
           Other (specify)
           Don’t Know
           Refused




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A6.      How much confidence do you have in the ability of the Equality
         Commission to promote equality of opportunity for all?

                  A lot of confidence
                  Some confidence
                  Not a lot of confidence
                  No confidence at all
                  Don’t know


A7.      What improvements do you think the Commission could make to
         increase your confidence in it?


A8.      How much would you agree or disagree that the Equality Commission
         provides a valued source of expert advice on equality?

                  Strongly agree
                  Agree
                  Disagree
                  Strongly disagree
                  Don’t know


A9.      How satisfied are you that the Equality Commission treats members of
         the public equally in Northern Ireland irrespective of their background?

                  Very satisfied
                  Fairly satisfied
                  Fairly unsatisfied
                  Very unsatisfied
                  Don’t know


A10. How much would you agree or disagree that the Equality Commission
     is respected equally by all sections of the community in Northern
     Ireland?

                  Strongly agree
                  Agree
                  Disagree
                  Strongly disagree
                  Don’t know




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SECTION B: AWARENESS OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS

B1.      Can I first of all ask how you would rate your understanding of Northern
         Ireland’s anti-discrimination laws? (prompted)

             Excellent
             Good
             Fair
             Poor
             Very poor
             Don’t Know
             Refused


B2.      Have you ever heard of any of the following laws? (prompted, include
         updated explanations of each statute)

             Sex Discrimination Order
             Disability Discrimination Act 1995
             Disability Discrimination Order 2006
             Fair Employment and Treatment Order
             Race Relations Order
             Equal Pay Act
             Sexual Orientation Regulations
             Special Educational Needs and Disability Order (SENDO)
             Age Regulations

B3. Where did you find out about anti-discrimination laws? (unprompted)

         Work-related training course                     Newspapers / magazine articles

         HR department (personnel)                        Newspapers / magazine advertisements

         Trade union                                      Television (generally)

         Solicitor                                        Television (News)

         Labour Relations Agency                          Television Interviews

         Human Rights Commission                          Radio (generally)

         Equality Commission                              Radio News

         Tribunal offices                                 Radio Interviews

         Law Centre                                       Website - ECNI

         Citizens Advice Bureau                           Word of Mouth

         Community Groups                                 Equality Commission ezine

         Special interest groups (e.g. LGB, racial-       Equality Commission leaflet or guide book
         ethnic / disability / women )

         Religious organisation                           Poster or Billboard Advertisements

         Advertising on public transport and billboards   Refused

         Other (specify)



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B4.      For you personally, compared with three years ago, have equality
         issues become more important, less important, or has the level of
         importance remained unchanged?

             More important
             Same level of importance
             Less important
             Don’t know
             REFUSED


B5.      I am now going to read you out some statements about equality laws in
         Northern Ireland. For each statement, can you say if you agree,
         disagree or are undecided. (prompted)

             There is a need for equality laws in Northern Ireland
             Equality laws protect one group of people at the expense of another
             The government should bring in a single law which prevents all
              types of unfair treatment (discrimination) against all groups of
              people

         (Strongly agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly disagree, Don’t know)


B6.      Have you ever heard of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998),
         which places a statutory duty on public bodies, such as local councils,
         hospital trusts and government departments, to promote equality of
         opportunity and good relations in the ways they work?

             Yes
             No
             Refused


B7.      Can you tell which of the following groups you believe are covered by
         the Section 75 legislation? (prompted)

             People of different religious beliefs
             People of a different political opinion
             People of different racial groups
             People of different ages
             People of different marital status
             Men and women
             Gay, lesbian or bisexual people
             Disabled and non-disabled people
             Persons with and without dependents
             Other groups (please specify)
             Don’t know
             Refused


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B8.      Can you name any of the activities that public bodies must do because
         of the Section 75 legislation? (unprompted)

             Develop an equality scheme.
             Consult those likely to be effected by their policies or ways of
              working
             Carry out equality impact assessments to see if any new plans or
              policies might affect some people unfairly.
             Don’t know / can’t name any of the activities
             Other (specify)
             Refused




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SECTION C: ATTITUDES TO EQUALITY

C1.      In general, how positive or negative do you feel towards each of the
         following groups in Northern Ireland?

             Women
             Men
             People over 70
             People under 30
             Travellers
             Disabled people
             Lesbian women or gay men
             Black and Minority Ethnic

         (Very negative, somewhat negative, neither negative nor positive,
         somewhat positive, very positive)


C2.      I am now going to read you out some statements about equality issues.
         For each statement, can you say if you agree, disagree or are un-
         decided. First of all….

             Public bodies in Northern Ireland should be more representative of
              both the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities.
             A police service whose religious composition is more representative
              of both the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities will offer a
              better service

         (Strongly agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly disagree, Don’t know)


C3.      If a particular religion is under-represented in a firm, the firm should
         take action to encourage applications from people from that religion
         when filling posts. Would you be more likely to apply for a job in this
         company…? (read only once)

             … if their advertisements said that they particularly welcomed
              applications from members of your community?
             … if they took practical steps to develop contacts with your
              community (e.g. sponsored events or had links with job clubs in
              your community)?

              (Yes, No, Don’t Know)




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C4.      Would you personally mind or not mind…

             Having a person of a different religion as a work colleague
             Having a person of a different religion as a neighbour
             If one of your close relatives were to marry someone of a different
              religion

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)


C5.      Would you personally mind or not mind …

          Having a Traveller as a work colleague
          Having a Traveller as a neighbour
          If one of your close relatives were to marry a Traveller.

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)


C6.      Would you personally mind or not mind… (give definition of learning
         disability)

             Having a person with a learning disability as a work colleague
             Having a person with a learning disability as a neighbour
             If one of your close relatives were to marry a person with a learning
              disability

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)


C7.      Would you personally mind or not mind…

             Having a person who experiences mental ill-health as a work
              colleague
             Having a person who experiences mental ill-health as a neighbour
             If one of your close relatives were to marry a person who
              experiences mental ill-health.

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)




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C8.      Would you personally mind or not mind…

             Having a person with a physical disability (e.g. blind or deaf) as a
              work colleague
             Having a person with a physical disability as a neighbour
             If one of your close relatives were to marry a person with a physical
              disability

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)


C9.      And would you personally mind or not mind…

             Having a gay/lesbian or bisexual person as a work colleague.
             If a gay/lesbian or bisexual person became a neighbour.
             If a relative or friend of yours was in a relationship with a
              gay/lesbian or bisexual person

              (Mind a lot, mind a little, would not mind, don’t know, refused)


C10. Not all groups in society want the same thing as the majority. How
     important do you feel it is that the particular wishes of each of the
     following groups is satisfied?

             Women
             People over 70
             Travellers
             Disabled people
             Lesbian women or gay men
             Black and Minority Ethnic

         (Not at all important, not very important, neither important nor
         unimportant, quite important, very important)




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C11. In your view are any of the following groups generally treated unfairly
when compared with other groups in Northern Ireland. (Tick all that apply)

             Catholics
             Protestants
             Gays/lesbians/bisexuals
             Disabled
             Elderly
             Young people
             Travellers
             Racial or ethnic groups
             Women
             Men
             People with caring responsibilities
             Children with special educational needs
             Refused


C12. Of the groups you felt were treated unfairly, which group do you feel is
     treated most unfairly in Northern Ireland. ?


C13. In what way do you feel this group is treated unfairly? (Do not prompt
     code one only)

             Treated unfairly at work
             Treated unfairly in relation to educational opportunities
             Treated unfairly when using public services
             Treated unfairly when using shops, bars or restaurants
             Treated unfairly when buying or renting a house, business premises
              or land
             Being subjected to harassment
             Expressing their culture
             Other (specify)
             Don’t Know
             Refused


C14. In your view, have attempts to give equal opportunities to various
     categories of people (e.g. women, disabled people, religious groups)
     proven effective in dealing with discrimination?

                  Very effective
                  Fairly effective
                  Fairly ineffective
                  Very ineffective
                  Don’t know




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SECTION D: COMPLAINTS

D1.      Sometimes people in Northern Ireland are discriminated against
         because they belong to a particular group such as being disabled, gay
         or lesbian, male or female or being Catholic or Protestant. In the last 3
         years have any of the following happened to you because you were a
         member of a particular group….?

             Treated unfairly at work
             Treated unfairly in relation to educational opportunities
             Treated unfairly when you tried to get access to public services
             Treated unfairly when you tried to use shops, bars or restaurants
             Treated unfairly when you tried to buy or rent a house, business
              premises or land
             Been harassed because you belonged to a particular group

              (Yes, No, Don’t Know, Refused)


D2.      On the last occasion that you were the victim of discrimination, did you
         or someone on your behalf make a complaint?

             Yes
             No
             Refused


D3. And which organisation(s) or individual did you complain to? (Do not
prompt)

             Supervisor/Manager
             Trade Union
             Local Councillor or Politician
             Solicitor
             Equality Commission
             Commission for Racial Equality
             EOCNI
             FEC
             Disability Action
             Human Rights Commission
             Labour Relations Agency
             Ombudsman
             Community Group
             Special interest groups (e.g. LGB / racial-ethnic / disability / women
              )
             Citizens Advice Bureau
             The Law Society
             PSNI
             Newspaper


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             Radio or Television
             Industrial Tribunal or Court
             Other (please specify)
             Refused

D4.      What was the main reason why you didn’t complaint? (Do not
         prompt)

             Too trivial.
             Didn’t want to cause trouble.
             Afraid of reaction of employers and/or workmates.
             Too stressful.
             Didn’t know who to complain to.
             Didn’t know I could complain.
             Legal costs
             Length of time involved in resolving issue.
             Too complex.
             Publicity.
             Lack of legal aid.
             Other (specify)
             Refused


D5.      If you had a problem with equality or discrimination would you contact
         the Equality Commission for assistance?

                  Yes
                  No
                  Don’t know




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SECTION E: DEMOGRAHIC BACKGROUND QUESTIONS

E1.      INTERVIEWER RECORD GENDER…

             Male
             Female
             REFUSED


E2.      Can you please tell me your age?

             Refused


E3       And what is your marital status?

             Single (never married)
             Married
             Living as married
             Separated
             Divorced
             Widowed
             REFUSED

E4.      Do you have any a long-term illness, health problem or disability which
         limits your daily activities or the work you can do? Include problems
         which are due to old age (CIRCLE ONE ONLY)

             Yes
             No
             REFUSED


E5.      Have you a religion? If so name it.


E5a. If no, what religion, religious denomination or body were you brought
up in?

             No religion
             Refused
             Catholic
             Church of Ireland/Anglican/Episcopal
             Baptist
             Methodist
             Presbyterian
             Free Presbyterian
             Brethren
             United Reform Church (URC)/Congregational


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             Pentecostal
             Church of Scotland
             Elim Pentecostal
             Reformed Presbyterian
             Non-subscribing Presbyterian
             Salvation Army
             Church of Nazarene
             Jehovah's Witness
             Mormon
             Protestant - no-denomination
             Christian - no denomination
             Hindu
             Jewish
             Islam/Muslim
             Sikh
             Buddhist
             Other (WRITE IN)
             (Don't know)
             REFUSED


E6.      Which ethnic group do you consider you belong to?

             White
             Chinese
             Irish Traveller
             Indian
             Pakistani
             Bangladeshi
             Black Caribbean
             Black African
             Black Other
             Mixed Ethnic (please specify)
             Other (please specify)
             REFUSED


E7.      What is your country of origin?

                  Northern Ireland
                  Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales)
                  Republic of Ireland
                  Portugal
                  Poland
                  Czech Republic
                  Slovakia
                  Bulgaria
                  Romania


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                  Lithuania
                  Latvia
                  Estonia
                  Other (specify)


E8.      Could you please tell me what your highest educational qualification is?

             Degree Level or higher
             BTEC (Higher), BEC (Higher), TEC (Higher), HNC,HND
             GCE A’Level (including NVQ Level 3)
             BTEC (National), BEC (National), TEC (National), ONC, OND
             GCSE (including NVQ Level 2), GCE O’Level (including CSE Grade
              1), Senior Certificate, BTEC (General), BEC (General)
             CSE (Other than Grade 1)
             Other (Please specify)
             No formal qualification
             Refused


E9.      Is the home you live in….

             Owned outright
             Owned with a mortgage
             Rented from private landlord
             Rented from the Housing Executive
             Rented from a Housing Association
             Part owned, part rented
             Other
             Don’t know/Refused


E10. What is your employment status?

             Self-employed
             Working Full-time
             Working Part-time
             Seeking work for the first time
             Unemployed, i.e. not working but actively seeking work
             Looking after home and family
             Unable to work due to permanent illness or disability
             Not actively seeking work but would like to work
             Not working and not seeking work
             On a government scheme
             Retired
             Student
             Other (Please specify)
             Refused


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E11. What is your main occupation?


E12. Please describe briefly what this job involves?


E13. What is the occupation of the person with the highest income within
     your household?


E14. Please describe briefly what this job involves?


E15. How many dependent children do you have aged 18 or under?

             Refused


E16. What is the age of your youngest dependant child?

             Refused


E17. Do you have any caring responsibilities other than childcare, by caring I
     mean do you provide voluntary or unpaid help and support to anyone
     who has difficulties looking after themselves because of age, disability
     or long-standing illness?

             Yes
             No
             Refused


E18. For our records can I have your Postcode?

          Postcode
          Don’t know
          Refusal


E19. In terms of political affiliation would you describe yourself as broadly….

             Nationalist
             Unionist
             Other (specify)
             Refused




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E20. If there were a general election tomorrow, in which only Northern
     Ireland parties were standing, which political party do you think you
     would be most likely to support.?

             Alliance Party
             Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
             Sinn Fein
             Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
             Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
             Other (write in)
             None
             Don’t Know
             REFUSED.


E21. Can you tell me which of these best describes you?

             Gay or lesbian (homosexual)
             Heterosexual or straight
             Bi-sexual
             Other – write-in
             I do not wish to answer this question (REFUSED)


E22. And finally, what is the total income of your household from all sources
    before tax and national insurance contributions?
    INCLUDE ALL INCOME FROM EMPLOYMENT AND BENEFITS

             Under £3,000 per annum (less than £60 per week)
             £3,000 - £3,999 per annum (£60 - £80 per week)
             £4,000 - £6,999 per annum (£80 - £135 per week)
             £7,000 - £9,999 per annum (£135 - £195 per week)
             £10,000 - £14,999 per annum (£195 - £290 per week)
             £15,000 - £19,999 per annum (£290 - £385 per week)
             £20,000 - £25,999 per annum (£385 - £500 per week)
             £26,000 - £29,999 per annum (£500 - £580 per week)
             £30,000 - £39,999 per annum (£580 - £770 per week)
             £40,000 + per annum (£770+ per week)
             I DO NOT WISH TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION
             (Don't know)
             REFUSED


 THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART IN THIS RESEARCH WHICH IS BEING
   CONDUCTED ON BEHALF OF THE EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR
                    NORTHERN IRELAND.




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