|Equality Sensitive Measures Seminar
Developing "equity sensitive indicators" of living standards in Northern Ireland was the focus of this second seminar held in Belfast. Speakers, Professors Vani Borooah and Paddy Hillyard of the University of Ulster presented this interesting paper to an audience representative of statutory, voluntary and academic sectors in Northern Ireland.
The seminar concerned the measurement of living standards using data from the Northern Ireland survey of poverty and social exclusion (PSENI) to construct "equity sensitive indicators." It was advocated that as well as taking account of living standards and inequality between different groups in society, we also need to look at differences bewteen persons in these groups. This certainly presents an interesting and alternative approach on how we might best 'measure' inequality with an emphasis on individual as well as group differences. Comments by seminar participants highlighted the challenges that such an approach would pose to developing effective interventions at policy level.