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Views and Experiences of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

Qualitative research to inform the review

Workplace
Researchers: Martin Mitchell
Published: September 2013

Aim

This piece of qualitative research was carried out to inform the review of the Public
Sector Equality Duty (PSED) carried out by the Government Equalities Office (GEO).
 

Findings

  • The general view from participants was that PSED either was working well or had the potential to do so and was seen as less of a burden than prior legal duties.
  • The principles were felt to be simpler and easier to grasp than previous equality requirements.
  • People we spoke to wanted better guidance about what compliance with due regard meant and more information about the data to be published including examples of ‘success stories’ based around proportionate implementation and practical equality outcomes.
  • To address potential under-compliance and issues of accountability, some called for improved enforcement of the duty, greater clarity of the penalties for non-compliance and the creation of outcome-based measurement frameworks.

Method

The research involved two elements of data collection from representatives of a range of public sector organisations:

  • 55 people submitted detailed answers online to a small number of open-ended questions
  • 47 people took part in an in-depth telephone interview

83 organisations were represented in the research, including local organisations across four sectors (local government, education, health, criminal justice) and national bodies.

Read the report