Date lodged: 4 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its position as set out in Scotland's Equality Evidence Strategy 2017-2021, that “The Scottish Government cannot, and should not, take responsibility for attending to all evidence gaps”, what discussions it has had with relevant stakeholders to coordinate an approach to addressing these gaps.
Answered by: Angela Constance 13 September 2017
The Equality Evidence Strategy is the start of a four year process aimed at strengthening the overall equality evidence base. It sets out the strategic approach to filling evidence gaps and outlines plans for future collaboration. How we do this will depend on the protected characteristic and the range of priorities and plans already in place. In most cases our intention is to hold workshops based on a protected characteristic to discuss priorities and a coordinated approach to filling the gaps. The first workshop will be to consider evidence gaps around gender and is scheduled for late October 2017.