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Equinet Evaluation Lab - Final booklet available

November 24th 2016

The Equinet Evaluation Lab aimed to provide a platform for expert staff members of equality bodies interested in measuring the impact of their work. Today, Equinet is publishing the final outcomes of the project in order to stimulate discussions on the evaluation work of equality bodies within and outside its membership.

In 2015, Equinet launched the Evaluation Lab. This two-year project aims to build on the findings of the 2013 paper “Processes and indicators for measuring the impact of equality bodies” and provide a platform for expert staff members of equality bodies interested and experienced in the topic.

The paper provides recommendations on what equality bodies could do in terms of measuring the impact of their work by developing and using effective planning processes, indicators and systems of evaluation.

The objectives of the project were the following:

  • Discuss the findings and proposals of the 2013 paper.
  • Equip equality bodies with better knowledge and tools to evaluate their work.
  • Pave the way for further developing the evaluation work being done by equality bodies.


10 Equinet members participated in the project:


It was supported by Niall Crowley, independent expert and Equinet Expert Advisor to the Board.

Evaluation Lab Booklet

The booklet aims to gather and summarise the findings and resources produced during the project and to share the knowledge generated among all Equinet members. It focuses on three particular aspects:

  • The Planning Cycle
  • Learning from the Evaluation Lab
  • Moving Forward


The Evaluation Lab Booklet is available here in PDF:

Evaluation Lab Booklet 2016
Evaluation Lab Booklet 2016


And here in Word:

Evaluation Lab Booklet 2016 word
Evaluation Lab Booklet 2016 word


Common indicators for equality bodies

The 2013 Equinet publication on ‘Processes and Indicators for Measuring Impact of Equality Bodies’ offers a menu of thirty-seven possible indicators that equality bodies could use.

This menu was used as a basis by the Evaluation Lab members, who agreed on 7 indicators every equality bodies could use, no matter what their size, mandate, powers and resources are.

They are all impact indicators and focus on equality bodies stimulating institutional change and societal change.

Societal Change:

  • Knowledge of the equality body among the general public.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the equal treatment legislation among employers, service providers, trade unions and consumer bodies.
  • The level to which the equality body voice is deemed to be an authoritative voice.
  • Reduction in under-reporting level, the percentage of those who perceive that they have been discriminated against and do not take any action in response.
  • Number of strategic interventions to champion equality at moments of tension in society.

Institutional Change:

  • The number (in relation to the target set) of policy recommendations made by the equality body and the share of policy recommendations adopted by policy makers, including changes made in equal treatment legislation.
  • The number (in relation to the target set) of organisations, in the public and private sectors, that have developed employment and/or service provision related equality policies, procedures and practices as a result of their engagement with the equality body.

The common indicators are available in the Evaluation Lab Booklet. A one-pager summary is available here in PDF:

Evaluation Lab Common Indicators 2016
Evaluation Lab Common Indicators 2016


And here in Word:

Evaluation Lab Common Indicators Word
Evaluation Lab Common Indicators Word


For more information

Please contact Jessica Machacova, Equinet Membership and Policy Officer.

Speakers’ biographies

January 17th 2012
’Conflicts between the right to equal treatment and other fundamental rights’ (12- 13 September 2011, Vienna)


Sofie D’Hulster

Sofie D’Hulster is an Expert on cyber hate at the Belgium Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism

Sofie D’Hulster received her master degree in 2003 from the Faculty of Political and Social Science at the University of Ghent. In 2009 she obtained her degree Intercultural Communication and Diversity Management. From 2003 until 2006 she worked as a journalist at the Broadcast Assistance Company related to the Public Broadcasting Company (VRT).

In 2007 she started working on the subject of online Hate Speech at the Centre for Equal opportunities and opposition to Racism (the national equality body in Belgium). She is currently dealing with complaints of online racism and discrimination, organises awareness raising activities in schools and for moderators and she cooperates with different national and international organizations to counter and address all forms of online racism and discrimination.
Aileen McColgan

aileen_mccolgan (Click to enlarge picture) Aileen McColgan is Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London, where she has taught since 1991. She also practices as a barrister, her practice being mainly in public/human rights, equality/discrimination and employment law.

She is the UK National Expert on the European Networks of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality and of Experts in the Non-discrimination Field, acted as legal adviser to the Forum on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in 2007-8 and is Vice President of the Institute of Employment Rights; an editor of the Education Law Reports; a member of the editorial committees of Public Law, European Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law; a trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and a former Executive Committee Member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society. Aileen has published very widely on human rights, discrimination and employment law.
Peter Reading

peter (Click to enlarge picture) Peter Reading is the Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission where he has been involved in a number of projects including:

- securing the landmark Equality Act in 2010,

- engaging with the United Nations treaty monitoring processes, including the CERD examination in August this year; and

- working on the Commission’s recent interventions in the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of religion.

Previously he worked as the Head of European and International Legal Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality, and as a Parliamentary Officer at Amnesty International UK.

Peter is also currently an independent consultant to Warwick University on equality and human rights, an Executive Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association and is a co-author of the Oxford University Press, Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act.

Peter is the moderator of the Equinet’s working group ’Equality Law in Practice’.
Anne Weber

anne_weber (Click to enlarge picture) Anne Weber is Legal Adviser in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, and was previously Legal Assistant in the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions.

She received her PhD in Human Rights Law from Strasbourg and Geneva Universities. Her research interests include human rights protections systems, asylum and migration issues, hate speech, and she participated in various research projects on the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights.
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