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Training & Evaluation

The field of racial equity offers opportunities for training and workshops. hat evidence is there on the effectiveness of these interventions? What frameworks exist to measure success in this space and how is success defined?  How is the effectiveness of antiracist training and organizational transformation measured and in methods that disrupt white supremacy culture and engage community members and stakeholders?How do institutions and organizations measure their interventions and what methods of accountability exist in these settings? What is the evidence for these frameworks, if any?

The Foundation Review

Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments

Introduction In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and a surge of attention to pervasive racial injustice in the United States, many areas of philanthropy made public commitments to promote racial equity and social justice. Many foundations, both large and small, committed publicly to shifting the foundation-nonprofit relationship to be more trust-based and reciprocal. Additionally,…

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

The Mixed Effects of Online Diversity Training

Introduction One-time diversity training is a common tool deployed by more than half of mid-size and large organizations seeking to promote equality in the workplace. However, the existing body of research on the effectiveness of diversity training is limited by a lack of field experiments and the difficulty of identifying and measuring objective behavioral outcomes.…

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American Journal of Evaluation

Can Social Justice Live in a House of Structural Racism? A Question for the Field of Evaluation

Introduction The professional field of evaluation plays an integral role in creating the results, measurements, and evidence that guide the worldviews and decisions of businesses, educational institutions, philanthropies, public health agencies, and governments. Given this influence, it is paramount for evaluators to understand the practice of evaluation as a tool to reinforce and enable or…

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Anthropology Now

Why Doesn’t Diversity Training Work? The Challenge for Industry and Academia

Introduction Corporations and higher education institutions have been offering diversity training for decades. Yet countless studies dating back to the 1930s indicate that anti-bias training does not reduce bias, alter behavior, or improve the workplace. Despite these shortfalls, organizations continue to rely on diversity training due to concerns relating to optics, litigation, and perceived lack…

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Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

Although the nonprofit sector is recognizing its own need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the implementation of DEI strategies generally stops at the interpersonal level and few nonprofits have addressed the structures and systems that keep these racialized barriers in place. Introduction Four years ago, the Building Movement Project (BMP) studied the racial…

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Story at Scale

What Are We Up Against? An Intersectional Examination of Stereotypes Associated with Gender

Introduction Organizations, companies, and public sector institutions are increasingly concerned with gender equity. From national and municipal gender budgeting to corporate gender equality tracking, these and other worldwide efforts are trying to answer a central question: How can we treat people of all genders fairly and provide equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone? This vision,…

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Academy of Management Learning and Education

Common Goals and Golden Opportunities: Evaluations of Diversity Education in Academic and Organizational Settings

Introduction In this paper, Dr. Carol T. Kulik and Dr. Loriann Roberson investigate the effects of diversity education interventions across different learning outcomes and contexts. In conducting their literature review, Kulik and Roberson aimed to answer two questions: Does diversity education affect participant diversity knowledge, diversity attitudes, and diversity skills? Do these effects vary by…

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American Sociological Review

Best Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies

Introduction Over the past several decades, there has been an increase in efforts to diversify the American corporate workforce. In 2018, the employment search engine Indeed saw an 18% increase in diversity and inclusion job postings from the previous year, and a 2017 report indicated that about $8 billion is spent annually on diversity training.…

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Annual Review of Psychology

Prejudice Reduction: What Works? A Review and Assessment of Research and Practice

Introduction In psychological research, prejudice and discrimination dominate as key areas of research. This should come as no surprise considering the sheer amount of resources spent by policymakers and educators alike to reduce prejudice. Since the first attempts to measure prejudice in the mid-1920s, social scientists have tried to understand the nature and origins of…

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Work, Employment and Society

Pointless Diversity Training: Unconscious Bias, New Racism and Agency

Introduction Unconscious bias training is based on the methodology in social psychology that an individual’s response time when presented with 2 images reveals how closely the viewer unconsciously connects the two. By using two sets of images — one of people with different racial/ethic backgrounds and one of negative or positive attributes, prior researchers have…

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