Our work is to ensure we were engaging with a representative sample of local people to inform our local equality objectives. We collect the demographics of the local residents with whom we engage via our equality and diversity monitoring form. We give hard copies of the form to attendees at our engagement events and outreach events then collect completed forms to gather data for analysis purposes.
We encourage feedback from protected groups and equality experts to ensure that our engagement is representative and that we are addressing any gaps in our engagement. We carry this out for all of our engagement activity, both to ensure decision making and mitigations are responsive to the needs of all protected groups and to inform improvements; two key examples are the work undertaken to codesign and implement our equality objectives.