Policy analysis

brap have been commissioned by a range of organisations to shape and design equality-related policies.

Moseley and District Housing
Moseley and District Housing Association provides rented homes for people on a low income. In order to do that as effectively as possible the Association recognised it needed to ensure people have equal access to services and that its staff and customers are treated equally and fairly. It therefore commissioned brap to develop a single equalities scheme that would not only help prioritise actions for the association around equality, but would help ensure that it was providing a fair service to people from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds.

In order to develop the scheme, brap collaborated with staff and managers at all levels of the organisation. During the course of drafting the policy, brap held:

  • a staff and resident session to understand equality and diversity issues in Moseley and District
  • a de-brief session with senior management to gather feedback from Audit Commission inspections
  • a meeting with core staff to agree the structure/overall content of the scheme

brap also facilitated a series of workshops with residents, frontline staff, managers and the board.These were used to amend and revise the first draft of the Equality and Diversity Scheme. The workshops also identified practical implications to do with delivery of the scheme and ensured it was grounded in the real-life issues staff faced on a day-to-day basis.

West Midlands Strategic Health Authority
The West Midlands Strategic Health Authority commissioned brap to analyse a range of mental health trusts’ race equality schemes (and their accompanying action plans) to determine whether they were sufficiently robust to deliver better health outcomes for BME people. As a first step, brap conducted a review of the Trusts’ existing action plans and equality strategies and a review of key policy documents.

The final outputs of the project were a framework to help assess progress on race equality issues; light-touch advice to each of the Trusts on how they could improve their schemes; and a workshop to help participants think more critically about their priorities and how these could be converted from ‘short term responses’ into a mainstream agenda for change.