Personal Characteristics and Equality data consultation
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) has sponsored research into new harmonised standards for data collection in time for the 2021 Censuses. As a part of the statistics family, HESA is considering these changing standards to ensure:
- Data remains comparable with other sources.
- Coherent analyses across different datasets.
HESA’s consultation is considering updates to the coding frames for various personal characteristics and equality data items, across multiple collections. There are also proposals to consider the implications of collecting three new data items on marital status, pregnancy and maternity. The consultation is available for three months and we will carefully consider provider feedback before we proceed with any changes.
Please note, we will only be accepting online responses; the following text and questions included in the consultation is for reference purposes, to assist cross-organisational response.
The consultation will close on Thursday 17 June 2021.
Quick reference guide
We will accept multiple responses from a provider, only if they are responding about different records. The Quick reference guide below shows which records apply to each data section. Respondents will indicate which records they have considered in question 6 of the survey.
|Religion / Belief||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Proposal: Marital Status||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Proposal: Maternity / Parental Leave||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
The annex details the research we have undertaken by
- looking at each of the records mentioned,
- what data we collected now,
- what is collected elsewhere,
- concluding with a recommendation to align these in these proposals.
It is not necessary to read the annex to complete the consultation and there is no expectation on providers to look at this, but it may be helpful background reading, if you are interested.