The Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) is pleased to offer an Organizational Self-Assessment Tool for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for organizations, groups and businesses in Halton to increase the capacity to be inclusive and equitable in all forms of human diversity, as well as to enhance practices, policies and services.

Purpose

In our collective workplaces and organizations, we often state the fundamental principles of respect and equality for all. Core values of any organization usually list ‘diversity’, ‘respect’ and ‘inclusion’ within statements of mission and purpose. However, values are much more than words, and to truly embed these values into the structure and life of any organization requires honest examination and evaluation.

To assist an organization, and the individuals within an organization, in the progressive journey towards diversity and inclusivity, this self-assessment tool is meant to facilitate reflective conversations around “how we are doing” and “what we could be doing”. It is meant to springboard assessment conversations toward meaningful and continuous action. It is meant to inspire mindfulness and responsiveness. It is not meant to feel competitive, in that high scores are the only objective. Additionally, a high score does not mean that equity and inclusion work is finished. This tool is not an exhaustive checklist and it will constantly evolve and change as the field of equity, diversity and inclusion develops over time and our learning journeys progress.

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Indicators assess the practices and organizational culture with regard to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Not all indicators apply to all organizations, and additional indicators relevant to the organization may be added. For example, in some business models, “Board of Directors” does not apply, but other areas of leadership may apply.

3    substantial – some actions have been taken and there is good evidence

2    partial – actions have started or are in progress with some evidence

1    minimum – action is intended and conversations or planning has begun

  • Organizational Foundation
  • Leadership
  • Service Delivery
  • Personnel Practices
  • Communication
  • Performance Improvement

Next Steps: Integrating Inclusion

Download Click here to download the Equity and Self-Assessment Tool (Word Docx file).