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If carried out correctly, monitoring trans equality can help you to understand the needs of your trans service users and staff. It can help to make sure that the service you are providing is fit for purpose and that it is effective and efficient. It can help you identify areas for improvement and demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to the principles of the Equality Act 2010, especially the requirements of the Public Sector Duty.
Stonewall Scotland and Scottish Trans have worked in partnership to create a good practice guide to LGBT monitoring which includes information on secure data collection; examples of good questions to use; and how to analyse the results to identify actions needed.
It’s important to remember that the number of transgender people is not currently known accurately and many trans people are extremely wary of revealing that they are transgender. Therefore, think about using a range of different methods to collect information about trans equality. You can monitor progress without necessarily trying to count the numbers of individual transgender service users or employees you have. Headcounts of the number trans people you serve or employ are not the only thing – or even the most important thing – to monitor to check your organisation’s progress on transgender equality.
Other matters that can and should be monitored (either alongside headcounts or instead of headcounts) include:
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