This background paper describes the Equality Data Initiative, which aims to develop research on, and increase awareness of, the need for data regarding specific minority groups in the European Union.
Reliable data is needed to ensure equality and actively fight discrimination. Data does this by measuring inequalities and allowing the development of positive solutions to inequality such as targeted social policies. Data also allows us to monitor whether these measures work.
The Equality Data Initiative, initiated by the Open Society European Policy Institute, is implemented in collaboration with the Migration Policy Group and the European Network Against Racism. Its goal is to enhance the measurability of (in)equality for groups at risk of discrimination. The EDI has six components including consultation with established experts, comparative policy-oriented research resulting in a report, identification of, and consultation with, national stakeholders, national and EU targeted advocacy, and strategic litigation.