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Skills Funding Agency announces new equality and diversity good practice fund and publishes impact and value for money evaluation

New Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund (2014/15)

The Skills Funding Agency (the Agency) has announced a further round of equality and diversity grants:

"...with a focus on embedding and sustaining good practice. A prospectus will be available by the end of September for Skills Funding Agency-funded colleges and training organisations to bid for up to £30,000 to deliver six month projects. The Fund will be managed by the Equality Challenge Unit on behalf of the Agency."

Independent Evaluation report PublishedImage showing a screenshot of part of the infographic of the IES report

The Agency has published the independent evaluation by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) of three years of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Grant Funding from 2010-2013 which it  offered in partnership with the former learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). 

The IES assessed the impact and value for money of the grants. The authors found that, as a result of the funding, projects encouraged good practice across the sector. As well as benefits for learners, they also involved businesses and local communities. 

Download the report

Read the Agency news story about the evaluation and download the report and infograhic at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sfa-grant-success-in-supporting-equality-and-diversity-developments

Please note: The IES evaluation report and infographic may not work with assistive technology. The Agency invites you to contact them for alternate formats if required.

Good practice case studies

The IES report includes 8 good practice case studies taken from the projects. You can find case studies and resources  from the 3 funding rounds included in the evaluation and 2 further rounds that were not part of the evaluation online as follows:

On the Education and Training Foundation Excellence Gateway

On the NIACE equalitiestoolkit website

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sfa-grant-success-in-supporting-equality-and-diversity-developments Accessed: 5 September 2014.