WHAT WE DO
When we approach equity, inclusion and social justice by understanding institutional and community experiences, we can see the gaps and possibilities that require our short and long term attention, imagination, and action.
Coming at diversity and inclusion work in this way allows for the stimulation of intentional and mindful pathways and conditions for conscious relationships, equitable systems, deep and honest dialogue and collective and accountable action. The more pathways we create, the more possible it is for us to actualize cultures and systems of ethical reciprocity. Meaningful change is informed by robust research, community building practices and actionable policies.
HOW WE DO IT
RESEARCH, EVALUATION, NEEDS ASSESSMENTS:
Making institutional change, where cultures, people and structures are growing can be a great undertaking with lots of exciting possibility. That is why understanding experiences, relationships and systems and hearing all points of view is central. Coming with this approach, creating processes to map the current complex reality of your organization is where our collaboration begins.
In designing and realizing your diversity, equity and inclusion aims we do the following:
UNDERSTANDING THE NEEDS
perspectives and experiences of your employees, clients, partners and customers and build from their experiences, knowledge and contributions.
GAUGE THE RESPONSIVNESS
of your community to DEI thinking, approaches and practical implementation.
ASSES CONCRETE WAYS
your working ecosystem can nurture different people, ideas and practices.
UNDERSTAND & ASSESS
the current structures and resources in your working community.
EVALUATE THE IMPACT
and movement in your current diversity and inclusion policies, initiatives, programs and practices.
We then take this valuable data and engage in short and long term design sessions with you. Through these sessions we create actionable processes to make diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a norm in your organization, where accountability and sustainable change is possible. This approach is tailored to your unique needs, community and institution. As experts in research and evaluation and in DEI we know that best practice is also informed by the most current secondary research, which we also draw on in designing our approach together.
Through qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research we evaluate and assess the current culture, structures, relationships, dynamics, and resources in your working community. This evidence-based approach to diversity, equity and inclusion allows you to move forward with informed analysis about where you are and how to define, meet, re-design and implement your goals in the short and long term.
Examples of research methods we use and tailor to our clients needs:
- Community consultations
- Town halls
- Oral histories
- Institutional memory mapping
- Field and participant observations
- Discourse analysis
- Focus groups
- Self-reflexivity templates
- Online and digital analysis
Climate scans are a great way to get a broad understanding about the social and institutional atmosphere in your working community with regards to specific diversity and inclusion issues and needs. For instance, you may want to assess if your employees, students and clients feel that your working ecosystem is in fact gender inclusive and equitable. This is one way to have an institutional snapshot to assess whether your policies and practices are aligning.
POLICY EVALUATION, DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION
& STRATEGIC PLANNING
We provide consultation in how to develop the best research informed diversity, inclusion and equity policy that can move your institution forward in a way that benefits everyone.
We will also evaluate and assess your current diversity, equity and inclusion policies and provide expert analysis on the strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Advising you on whether your policies have clear and robust definitions of diversity, inclusion and equity and includes clear accountability and responsibility measures is something we attend to carefully. We will look at how your policies can most effectively and ethically inform your strategic plans and their implementation.
Building from your policy and the research we conduct with you we also create actionable strategic plans, with clear guidelines for implementation. Evaluating your programs, activities and plans in the short and long term is also something we recommend to ensure you are becoming diverse, inclusive and equitable in practice over time.
We are committed to aligning policy and practice. In this process, understanding experiences, relationships and systems is integral. Consequently, the way we undertake strategic planning, research and evaluation and climate surveys models equitable and inclusive methods. We are conscious and critically aware experts in bringing together the literature, theory and methodology in DEI and research and evaluation skills for the most knowledge informed, malleable, progressive, effective processes and outcomes.
We also believe in equipping you with the short term and long-term tools to continue this work as we know that making diversity, equity and inclusion a norm is a process that takes time, patience, openness, perseverance and adaptability.
Along with our broad range of expertise in actualizing diversity, equity and inclusion goals and initiatives we are specialists in the following areas and their intersections:
- Women, Gender equity and inclusion
- Racial minority equity and inclusion
- Sexual minority equity and inclusion
- Ethnic and Religious minority equity and inclusion
- Disability equity and inclusion
- Economic equity and inclusion