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Call for proposals: An Equinet paper on the evolution of the mandates and resources of equality bodies

February 13th 2017

Deadline: 2 May 2017 (09:00 AM)

Equinet is commissioning a research paper on the evolution of the mandates and resources of equality bodies over the past decade. The planned research will aim to elucidate how the mandates and resources of national equality bodies have developed, and if there can be found possible correlative relationships between them.

Submission deadline: 2 May 2017 (09:00 AM)

Background

EU Equal Treatment Directives only provide minimum standards for the competences and limited functional independence of equality bodies, and do not guarantee complete independence, effectiveness, sufficient powers and adequate resources for equality bodies. As a consequence, Equinet has launched a debate within the network on what might be considered appropriate standards for national equality bodies.

As part of this wider debate, Equinet has committed to gradually explore the implications of disparities in the working conditions of national equality bodies and subsequently, the practical consequences for the implementation of equal treatment legislation in Europe.

A working paper on developing standards for equality bodies was published in 2016.

Objectives

The Equinet Work Programme 2017 commits to commissioning ‘a study on the evolution of the mandates and resources of equality bodies over the past decade, to mark the tenth anniversary of the European Network of National Equality Bodies.’

The planned research will aim to elucidate how the mandates and resources of national equality bodies have evolved over the past decade, including possible correlative relationships between them.

The study will be mainly descriptive in nature, distilling any lessons learned from the experiences and developments of the past decade, and concluding with a summary of policy implications for the promotion of equality in Europe. Accordingly, the contractor will be expected to produce an Equinet paper.

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • Map the budgetary allocation and human resources for national equality bodies in Europe as a function of
    - per capita GDP
    - population size
    - national budget size in the period 2007-2017, taking into consideration potential mergers, creations and removals of bodies
  • Provide an overview by describing a selected number of representative case studies, preferably comparing and contrasting cases of expanded and shrinking resources and analyzing underlying factors for the selected case studies
  • Map the institutional evolution of national equality bodies’ mandates in Europe from 2007-2017, providing an overview with case studies from member states
  • Compare and contrast the resulting mapping of budgets and mandates, analyzing any relationship between them
  • Compare the results of the periodic Eurobarometer surveys (and any other European and national research found to be of relevance) with the corresponding levels of budgets and mandates in the relevant years, analyzing any relationship between perceptions of discrimination in the population with equality bodies’ budgets and mandates, respectively
  • Provide an analysis of the relationships uncovered, examining their relationship to public policy developments at national level in the field of antidiscrimination and equality.
  • Provide conclusions on the evolution of budgets and mandates, including any relationship between these two indicators
  • Provide recommendations in light of the research results addressed to Equinet, European Institutions, Members states and national institutions.

Expected approach

During the process, the contractor will be expected to:

  • Conduct a review of relevant literature
  • Conduct a review of national budget allocations for equality bodies as a function of per capita GDP in the period 2007-2017
  • Conduct a review of the evolving mandates of national equality bodies in the period 2007-2017, taking into consideration potential mergers, creations and removals of bodies
  • Conduct a survey of Equinet members to collect their inputs, perspective and information on the topic
  • Conduct interviews with selected equality bodies (at least 6 interviews, observing a geographical balance and a balance in the mandate and competences of the equality bodies) that
    - Have experienced representative changes in their budgetary allocations
    - Have experienced representative changes in the evolution of their mandate
  • Engage with key stakeholders, including the European Commission, national authorities and civil society
  • Engage with the Equinet Executive Board, Secretariat and thematic Working Groups as appropriate

Expected output

The paper (to be produced in English) is expected to:

  • Provide an overview of investment in national equality bodies in the period 2007-2017 as a function of per capita GDP
  • Provide an overview of the evolution of mandates of national equality bodies in the period 2007-2017
  • Provide an analysis of the evolution of mandates in light of public policy developments in the field of antidiscrimination within Member States
  • Examine the underlying factors behind changes in budgetary situations in a selected number of representative case studies
  • Examine the underlying factors behind changes in mandates in a selected number of representative case studies
  • Analyze evidence of any relationship between evolutions in budgets and mandates
  • Derive any lessons learned from the representative case studies, as well as from any relationship established between budgets and mandates
  • Provide recommendations based on the lessons learned, including ideas and proposals for their effective implementation addressed to Equinet; European Union institutions, and Members States.

Expertise requirements

The selected expert(s) or team to be commissioned for this report/paper is expected to demonstrate:

  • A track record of research (including quantitative) work in the field of equality and human rights
  • Experience in statistical analysis and analyzing budgets
  • Capacity to undertake an interdisciplinary approach
  • Knowledge of the work of national equality bodies and their diversity an advantage
  • Excellent drafting skills in English

Submission deadline: 2 May 2017 (09:00 AM)}

For full details, please consult the attached Terms of Reference (ToR).

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