This toolkit includes guidance for publishing companies seeking to collect data about the protected characteristics of authors, illustrators and translators.
Prepared by independent researchers following consultation with publishers, the toolkit aims to help publishers navigate this area. It includes guidance on creating and sending out an author questionnaire, along with template questions aimed at gathering information about ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and socio-economic class.
An accompanying report outlines the background and context around the creation of the toolkit. The report authors, independent researchers Emma Shercliff and Maiya Grant, conducted a literature review, gathered information about current practices and interviewed publishers to inform the report and toolkit.