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Theory of Change

Connect with Initiate Equity

Stage 1: Foundation Building

Conducting a review of the organization by examining outcomes and impacts along the lines of race, ethnicity and culture.
    • Evaluating an organization’s readiness and viability to embark upon equity work.
    • Assembling a task force to develop recommendations to address discrepancies between the organization’s equity goals (including strategies) and current outcomes.
    • Supporting the development of a statement that serves as a vision of excellence to anchor the organization’s strategic priorities in racial equity.
    • Creating short-, mid- and long-term qualitative and quantitative goals and key indicators of success to monitor progress.

Stage 2: Capacity Building

Strategic thought partnership to support CEOs, Chief Diversity Officers (CDO), and designated team members leading the organization’s racial equity work.

    • Coaching leaders to integrate and implement high impact, researched based actions that support racial equity goals and impacts.
    • Integrating racial equity goals and strategies into organizational plans to foster vertical and horizontal alignment across teams and departments.
    • Aligning talent development materials including manager trainings, professional development workshops and performance evaluation methods with the organization’s racial equity goals.

Anti-racist and inclusive leader training and development support for managers and senior leaders.

    • Coaching managers and leaders to develop institutional policies and practices that interrupt racialized outcomes.
    •  Supporting managers and leaders to identify domains of strength and development that contribute to equity within and across teams.
    • Facilitating learning experiences and workshops to support leaders and teams to proactively support racial equity.
    • Deepening a leader’s understanding of the historical and current role racism, xenophobia and social marginalization plays in maintaining unequal opportunities and outcomes.

Stage 3: Monitoring Sustainability

Implementing a racial equity impact assessment as a quality control measure to monitor the impact of organization-wide racial equity proposals.
    • Monitoring the effectiveness of specific initiatives to evaluate the effectiveness of racial equity strategies.
    • Anticipating and addressing unintended consequences that can contribute to inequitable practices and outcomes.
    • Supporting the sustainability of equity goals over time by implementing the proper mechanisms to ensure the success of initiatives and goals.