Our work targets policy and legislation affecting Britain's BAME communities and the BAME and equality third sector. Since its inception in 1984, ROTA's focus has been policy development, representation, awareness raising and training. Our work is evidence based and informed by the experiences of BAME communities. We collect this evidence through:
- research (desk research, qualitative and quantitative original fieldwork with interviews, questionnaires and focus groups)
- the ROTA based external networks
- national and regional events and consultations
- partnership work and membership to national and regional policy and decision making bodies
We inform and consult our members, and influence key decision makers by:
- Carrying out and publishing in-depth research
- Producing research publications
- Producing policy e-newsletters
- Producing policy briefings on specific topics
- Holding national and regional events
- Representing BAME communities and the BAME third sector on various national and regional forums and networks
- Responding to government consultations
Our aim is to influence changes for more equitable treatment for all citizens by focusing on specific policy areas.
ROTA aims to increase the capacity of BAME and equality organisations to get engaged in policy, develop partnerships and learn from best practice. We also aim to increase the skills and knowledge of BAME individuals to fight discrimination and become champions in helping to promote equality.
We often seek to achieve these objectives through the delivery of specific projects that focus on particular issues or communities so as to generate information and innovation that benefits the wider sector. At any time we have a range of programmes that all fit within our policy priority areas. Through engagement and consultation with our members, it was decided that our priory
policy areas for 2013-16 would be:
- Criminal Justice
- Mental Health
As our publications show, past policy areas have included homelessness and regeneration. ROTA's policy team continues to review and develop work within the London and wider policy and funding environment.