The EquIPP Manual
A Framework to support Equity and Inclusion in the Process of Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation
This manual outlines a framework to support equitable and inclusive policy processes, in order to promote greater equity and social inclusion in policy and practice. The framework is premised upon the assumption that policies are more likely to achieve equitable and inclusive outcomes if an equitable and inclusive policy process supports them (OECD, 2015). This framework advocates for a transformative and collaborative approach, which seeks to create experiences of equity and inclusion for vulnerable groups in policy processes. EquIPP proposes an inventory of Key Actions to support the development, implementation and evaluation of public policies. These actions are informed by evidence, existing approaches to equity and social inclusion, and have benefitted from extensive stakeholder consultations and feedback. The inventory of Key Actions put forward offers a blue print for an equitable and inclusive policy process. This manual also includes an assessment matrix, which civil society organisations (CSOs) or policy makers themselves may use to evaluate the level of engagement with Key Actions in a policy revision or development process.
The framework developed here does not purport to be a definitive approach for an equitable and inclusive policy process; rather, it is a tool for reflection about how equity and inclusion can feature more prominently in policy-making processes. It is the intention of the authors to update this manual regularly as more and more policy makers may seek to promote social inclusion in and through public policies. EquIPP was developed to complement EquiFrame, which as a formulation and assessment tool focuses on the extent to which equity, social inclusion and human rights are addressed in the content of policy documents.
We would welcome, very much, ideas for the improvement and the development of EquIPP, and offer this tool, free-to-download, without copyright restriction.
The citation is as follow and may be downloaded from here.
Huss, T. & MacLachlan, M. (2016) Equity and Inclusion in Policy Processes (EquIPP): A Framework to support Equity & Inclusion in the Process of Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Dublin: Global Health Press.
We are very grateful to staff from various civil society and UN agencies, who contributed to the development and peer review of EquIPP. In particular we would like to thank staff from UNDP in New York, country representatives from various UN Partnerships to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and staff from the Section for Public Policy and Capacity Development of the Social and Human Sciences (SHS) Sector in UNESCO. We would also like to thank staff and researchers at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (KMAS), the National University of Malaysia (UKM), for their valuable feedback on the application of EquIPP as an assessment tool. EquIPP was developed as part of the Inclusive Asia Project and we would therefore also like to acknowledge the support of our collaborators, notably the Social & Human Sciences Unit of the UNESCO Jakarta Office and the Research and the Policy and Foresight team of the SHS sector in UNESCO Paris. We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr. Hasheem Mannan (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland & Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development, University of Tsukuba, Japan) for his expert reviewing and suggestions for the final draft of this manual.