The intern would work within the Scottish Government Equalities Analysis team to engage with, and lead on, selected projects within EDIP. This will require close working with a number of policy officials in the Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights Directorate, who develop and deliver policy to promote equality for those with protected characteristics, and to mainstream equality across the public sector. It is anticipated that the outputs from this internship will ultimately inform action to improve outcomes and services for people with protected characteristics.
This project will provide an excellent opportunity to use and develop quantitative and qualitative research skills to improve the available equality evidence base and inform and influence good practice across Scotland’s public sector. The project will also allow the intern to gain expertise in working with analytical and policy colleagues across in the Scottish Government, and in engaging with a range of external stakeholders.
There are a variety of projects within the EDIP which might evolve over the next 12 months, and new projects may emerge. Given this flexibility, the specific details of the project could be adapted to suit the skills, expertise and ambitions of the successful applicant. At this stage, the project is likely to involve analysing a range of sources gathering data to related to a protected equality characteristic, in order to improve the equality evidence base. The project should consider and include data related to intersectionalities; that is, how the protected characteristic in consideration interacts with other protected characteristics (such as older women, or younger disabled people).
This project would require close working with policy officials in the Scottish Government Equality Directorate, analysts and stakeholders throughout to define the project scope and agree priorities. The first part of the project would likely focus on identifying and reviewing available evidence on the experience of people with the protected characteristic and relevant intersectionalities, and summarising the key findings and any issues with the available data.
The next part of the project would involve a review of evidence gaps and suggestions on how these evidence gaps could be addressed. Finally, the intern would undertake communication and engagement activity with policy and analytical colleagues, and external stakeholders to disseminate the key findings of the project and discuss how issues with available data could be improved. It is anticipated that by the end of the internship, the intern will have produced a clear and accessible report to communicate the findings of the project.
Research methods are likely to include literature reviews, working with data providers to understand and access available datasets and potentially some primary data collection and analysis (depending on the expertise of the successful candidate and identified evidence gaps).