EVENS is a major new survey designed to help us understand the realities facing ethnic and religious minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first and largest of its kind in Britain and it has the potential to inspire change in society - not just during pandemic-era Britain, but beyond.
Ethnic and religious minorities are under-represented in other surveys in the UK. This means that when survey data are used as evidence for policy change, their voices and experiences are marginalised and, sometimes, misrepresented.
EVENS is different. We have designed an innovative approach to recruiting participants to make sure that we are including people from a wide range of religious and ethnic minority groups, from all across Britain.
Our data shows how the pandemic impacted minority groups in England, Scotland and Wales, asking questions about education, employment and economic wellbeing, housing and community, social and political participation, health, ethnic and religious identity, and experiences of racism and discrimination.