Why Assess the Climate and Conditions for DEIB?
Assessing gaps, needs, and assets helps inform the group or unit’s planning and action to promote DEIB.
Key Questions to Consider
- What is the current climate and context for Diversity? For Equity? Inclusion? Belonging?
- Who is affected by these conditions, how, and to what extent?
- What patterns (increases, decreases) can be seen in key indicators of DEIB?
- What factors and social determinants produce inequities for particular groups (e.g., differential exposures and opportunities, differential vulnerabilities and capabilities, differential access and discrimination)?
- What information will be used to set priority DEIB goals, including marked differences in conditions and outcomes for particular groups (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender)?
- What resources and assets can help address priority DEIB goal(s)?
Some Recommended Actions
- Gather information to help choose priority goals for advancing DEIB. Including:
- Listen to and engage people from historically underrepresented groups to better understand how multiple policies and practices interact to produce disadvantage
- Existing data sources on DEIB indicators; look for where there are marked differences in outcomes for particular groups (e.g., related to race, ethnicity, gender)
- Additional quantitative data (e.g., surveys, observation)
- Qualitative data (e.g., interviews, listening sessions, focus groups)
- State evidence justifying the choice of the DEIB priority goal(s), including:
- DEIB indicators showing the size of the problem (e.g., xx)
- How frequently the problem (or related behavior) occurs (e.g., number of reported/confirmed incidents in the past year)
- The marked differences in outcomes for particular groups (e.g., related to race, ethnicity, gender)
- Identify factors and social determinants that produce marked differences in outcomes (inequities) for particular groups including:
- Differential exposures and opportunities (e.g., to stress, support networks)
- Differential vulnerabilities and capabilities (e.g., education)
- Differential access and consequences (e.g., access to quality services, discrimination)
- Describe what relevant resources and assets are available, and how the group can use those resources to address the priority goal(s).
- Increase public awareness about the DEIB issues that matter to communities, including the consequences for people from marginalized groups.
Assessment Tools from the Community Tool Box
- Toolkit: Assessing Community Needs and Resources
- Chapter 3: Assessing Community Needs and Resources
- Chapter 2, Section 17: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Your Community
- Chapter 17: Analyzing Community Problems and Solutions
- Chapter 18: Deciding Where to Start
- Chapter 4: Getting Issues on the Public Agenda
- Chapter 27: Working Together for Racial Justice and Inclusion
- Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities
- Troubleshooting Guide: We don’t understand the problem or goal