Although every organisations needs and starting points are likely to differ, developing a meaningful strategy is a jigsaw with four main pieces: Goals, Data, Actions, and Evaluation/Reflection. In our initial discussions we will work through questions such as:
- What are your equality, equity, diversity and inclusion goals? How are these influenced by external factors?
- Are your current strategies or actions getting you to where you want to go?
- Do you have the data you need to be able to answer those questions? If not, how might you collect it?
- Do you have an action plan that is clear and achievable? How “onboard” are various levels of your organisation? Are your employees ready for these conversations?
Once key challenges have been identified, I will work with you to develop long term strategies and shorter term actions that might be implemented within your organisation. There are a number of possible audit type frameworks that we could use with you to look at all aspects of your organisation.
Timescale and level of involvement needed would depend on size of organisation, pre-existing strategies and structures including staff resource and data availability, as well as any external drivers.
Just a quick note of thanks. I hope you enjoyed the visit which was extremely helpful for us in understanding not just how we can further shape our [Athena Swan] submission but also think more broadly around equality issues. Thank you also for taking the time to provide such a detailed analysis of the draft, which again is very helpful.
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