The problem of engaging diverse groups is of special concern to the research and data collection field, as these groups are exposed to a higher risk of discrimination. A number of European institutions reports, and recommendations highlighted the need to develop strategies to ensure representativeness of equality data, and to develop an intersectional approach to data collection. This includes designing innovative ways of gathering data on the experience of groups that may be hard to reach through general sample-based population surveys.
National equality bodies are equipped to play a crucial role in developing a suitable and effective range of outreach strategies to enable engagement with diverse groups. However, they face many hurdles including underreporting and much stronger outreach is needed to capture the experience of hard-to-reach groups and ensure representativeness of equality data.