Reforming Ethnicity facts and figures consultation

Closed 7 Aug 2022

Opened 13 Jun 2022


The Ethnicity facts and figures website shows data about the experiences and outcomes of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The website brings together official statistics from across government in a single, easily accessible location, analysed by ethnicity and often combined with other factors like geography and gender. It includes 185 pages of data (‘measure pages’) as well as methods and quality information. 

User research and feedback tells us that that we could do more to help users understand the disparities identified on Ethnicity facts and figures. This is because there are often factors other than ethnicity that may account for some of the differences identified. As well as other personal characteristics, we should also consider factors such as where people live, levels of deprivation and health. 

Our goal is to help users of Ethnicity facts and figures understand the drivers and factors behind disparities, minimising the risk of misinterpretation and incorrect conclusions being drawn. For policy-makers it will provide better evidence for targeting interventions and resources at the real point of need. We intend to do this by streamlining measure pages while providing deeper analysis of the most notable disparities.

To be able to do this, the Race Disparity Unit is is asking for your thoughts on 3 proposals:

  1. To reduce the amount of commentary published on Ethnicity facts and figures for lower priority measure pages
  2. To redevelop statistics presented by 2 ethnic groups to provide more useful information
  3. To identify the priorities for which we will provide additional analysis

All data currently provided on Ethnicity facts and figures will continue to be published by the relevant government department. With very few exceptions, it will also still be published on our website, though in some cases in a different format.

If you would prefer to review the full proposals before completing the consultation, printable and large print versions are available in the Related Documents section below.

We plan to make the changes to Ethnicity facts and figures over the course of 2022, while continuing to update the data we provide.

But before making any changes, we need to ensure any adverse impact on users will be small, so when responding to this consultation please consider how your work might be affected. Your input will ensure the website remains relevant, useful and cost effective.

Why your views matter

Ethnicity facts and figures was designed to be a public resource, useful and accessible to curious citizens, students, scholars and government officials alike. Your input will ensure the website remains cost effective and relevant for everyone.

What happens next

Thank you for your interest in the Reforming Ethnicity facts and figures consultation. We are now collating and analysing the results. Our ‘next steps’ will be published on this page in due course.