4 tips for demonstrating DE&I progress with data

Two DE&I practitioners share metrics around recruitment, participation and more.

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You can’t tell an authentic story of DE&I progress until the work is started. It’s a delicate process, though—one that should begin without placing a burden on employees from diverse backgrounds to provide all the answers.

To get started, gathering some data is essential.

Numbers that chart your organization’s DE&I progress can serve as a grounded starting place for difficult but necessary conversations. They can also help you create a snapshot of the work that lies ahead.

Joseph Dawson, director of strategic communications at Freddie Mac and Cat Colella-Graham, founder and president of employee experience agency Cheer Partners shared several tips on where to begin your internal DE&I reporting journey during Ragan’s DE&I Summit for Communicators on Feb. 9.

1. Make sure your audio matches your video.

Colella-Graham offered a guiding principle for reporting DE&I progress that a friend of her once shared with her: “Make sure your audio matches your video,” or, make sure you’re living the commitments you say you’ll make.

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