• Leaders should ensure that systems are in place to enable the public authority to fulfil its equality scheme monitoring commitments, ensuring that actions are identified and measures taken to close, as best as possible, any gaps in data. Section 75 monitoring mechanisms should be in place to gather data and evidence (qualitative and quantitative) which can be used to:
> Assess the potential impacts of policies, both positive and negative, before decisions are taken. This evidence and data should be considered as part of the decision-making process, not afterwards, and with rigour and an open-mind to achieve the statutory equality and good relations goals.
> Monitor the equality impacts of policies being implemented by the public authority to ensure that any actions being taken arising from an equality assessment (screening and EQIA) have the desired effect.
Before signing off completed screening templates, decision makers should ensure that screening exercises include clear and specific proposed Section 75 monitoring mechanisms to monitor that policy.
- For further information on Section 75 monitoring, see our Section 75 Monitoring Guide (pdf)