Measuring Progress


True support of equity, diversity, and inclusion requires being able to measure progress. This guide outlines a number of measurable factors, including increased commitment to equitable practices from leaders, decrease in pay disparities, and less evidence of unconscious bias.


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Data sources

NCARB By the Numbers - NCARB (2019)

Demographic data and analysis of licensure and career stages.

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AIA Compensation Survey - AIA (2019)

Reports salary and compensation trends, including data on forty-four architecture firm positions and details on benefits being offered at firms.

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AIA Firm Survey Report - AIA (2018)

Overview of general survey of architecture firms and industry trends.

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AIA Diversity in the Profession of Architecture, Executive Summary (2016) and Key Findings (2015)

Summary of Perceptions of factors that affect the choice of architecture as a profession, job satisfaction, and retention.

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EQxD 2018 Survey Early Findings Report - EQxD (2018)

Initial summary from Equity by Design of the largest survey regarding equity in the profession.

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EQxD 2016 Survey Overview - EQxD (2016)

Findings from the 2016 survey.

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Women in the Workplace - Lean In and McKinsey (2018)

Survey of 279 companies and 64,000 individuals regarding the state of women in corporate America.

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General guidance

"Assessing and Driving Change: Organizational Readiness and Success with Metrics" in The Diversity Executive: Tasks, Competencies, and Strategies for Effective Leadership - Michael L. Wheeler - The Conference Board (2001)

Includes a useful diagram of the four stages of organization readiness: exclusion, tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion.

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How Can You Measure Diversity and Inclusion Results? Millennials Have an Idea - Anna Johansson - Forbes (2017)

Presents a simple case and techniques for going beyond mere demographic-diversity data.

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How to Measure "Inclusion" Qualitatively: Free Resources and Research Data for D&I Advocates - Michelle Kim - Awaken (2017)

Discussion from employee standpoint of how to evaluate and find inclusive company cultures. Links to additional data and resources.

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What Diversity Metrics are Best Used to Track and Improve Employee Diversity? - Roscoe Balter, Joy Chow, and Yin Jin (2014)

Executive summary provides brief, practical guidance on a process for gathering and applying qualitative and quantitative data.

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Tools, checklists, and examples

An Antiracist Transformation Continuum for Organizations - The Episcopal Church (2011)

Resource includes a worksheet to help evaluate an organization's characteristics, practices, power position, and social-justice stance in relation to people of color.

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Demystifying D&I Metrics - Mary L. Martinez of APTMetrics (2013)

Presentation from the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition. Slide 11 provides a table titled "Stage of D&I Evolution Should Impact What Is Measured." This table is a helpful source for connecting organizational objectives with the types of data that should be collected to measure progress.

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Creating a Strategic Diversity Management Plan - SHRM (2012)

Detailed guidance for action in sixteen components of inclusion and diversity.

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Diversity Down to the Letter - Linda S. Gravett - SHRM

Basic ten-item checklist to help evaluate your current EDI program.

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Diversity Metrics, Measurement, and Evaluation - Marc Brenman - Workforce Diversity Network (2013)

Comprehensive road map to making the case for and developing a qualitative and quantitative metrics program.

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Intercultural Development Inventory - Mitchell Hammer (2019)

Assessment of intercultural competence. Test evaluates mindsets on a scale from mono-cultural to intercultural: denial, polarization, minimization, acceptance, adaptation.

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Inclusive Economy Metric Set - B Lab (2019)

Detailed qualitative questionnaire dives into workplace culture and structure, especially with respect to equitable practices.

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The Measurement of Work Engagement with a Short Questionnaire: A Cross-National Study (Appendix) - Wilmar B. Schaufeli, Arnold B. Bakker, and Marisa Salanova - Educational and Psychological Measurement (2006)

Presentation and analysis of a short questionnaire that measures work and well-being.

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Measuring Progress - Project Include

Important guidance regarding policy, transparency, and survey design and processes.

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Setting Targets - Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) (2018)

Detailed guidance on using data to help develop and monitor gender equity performance.

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Why (and How!) to Ask Survey Questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Laura Wronski - SurveyMonkey

Specific guidance for writing survey questions.

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Women's Leadership Edge

Wide array of tools to help organizations support, advance, and retain women, with parallels in engineering and law.

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