QED Award

QED is more than just a prestigious quality mark for the Welsh housing sector.

It provides a comprehensive, Wales specific framework for reviewing and improving the equality and diversity impact of your organisation across governance, services, access, involvement and culture.

QED methodology is at the cutting edge of latest thinking in the area of equality and diversity and offers a real opportunity to measure and demonstrate progress and transform organisational thinking, services and cultures.

QED stands for Quality in Equality & Diversity, as well as neatly tying in with the Latin ‘Quod erat demonstrandum’ or ‘Thus it has been demonstrated’.

Paula Kennedy from Melin Homes holds a QED Award

The Benefits

The benefit of working towards the QED award is that you will:

  • Have a clear understanding of what good looks like
  • Have a framework to encompass your equality and diversity work
  • Be able to galvanise staff energy and focus around equality and diversity

The benefit of achieving the QED award is that you will:

  • Improve the experiences of diverse tenants, customers and staff
  • Have a clear framework and plan for continuous improvement
  • Have evidence that you comply with regulatory requirements
  • Be able to use QED logo across your communications platforms
  • Have your achievements and good practice highlighted

A colourful rectangular trophy with the QED logoThe Process

The QED process is broken into two stages.

Stage 1 consists of:

  • Staff and stakeholder survey
  • Desktop review
  • Onsite visits/interviews
  • Assessment
  • Action plan

Stage 1 takes approximately twelve weeks to complete. After this, we recommend around 6 months to work through the action plan and undertake the activities identified.


Stage 2 starts once the agreed action plan has been completed and it consists of:

  • A progress visit
  • A recommendation report
  • A final decision by the QED panel

On successful completion of the process you will retain the award status for three years.

Fees 2019-2020

The fees for the QED award are split into two stages. This equates to a 75/25 split.

Stage Member with up to 399 staff Member with 400+ staff
1 £5,400 £6,200
2 £2,200 £2,200
Total £7,600 £8,400


The Stage 1 fee must be paid in full before work will commence.

The Stage 2 fee must be paid before reassessment in order to achieve the QED award status.

There is no VAT chargeable on the fees and all expenses are included in the fees.


Please contact: ceri@taipawb.org / 029 2053 7634

Find out more:

BLOG: Prioritising Equality and Embracing Diversity: Melin Homes’ journey towards the Tai Pawb QED Award

NEWS: First QED Award to Melin Homes

QED Presentation

QED Poster

QED Leaflet