Diversity Data: An inclusion accreditation case study

The Inclusive Employers Standard is a step-by-step, evidence-based accreditation, covering 35 questions across six pillars of workplace inclusion. The six pillars are Engage, Equip, Empower, Embed, Evaluate and Evolve.

The case study below is based on the Evaluate pillar and considers how organisations use evidence to evaluate inclusion and diversity progress and then set relevant and achievable interventions and targets.

Case study: A systematic approach to using diversity data

Organisation: Surrey Police, Inclusive Employers Standard Accredited 2019

Surrey Police are systematically reviewing their diversity headcount data, setting actions and targets and measuring their progress. Surrey Police have a Diversity Dashboard that helps to guide its inclusion programme. The data is drawn from the HR system and is dependent on officers being comfortable to share the information. They have set aspirations for representation within the force based on local population data. Each quarter the Diversity Dashboard is produced enabling a quarterly comparison. The Diversity profile of Surrey Police has been shifting, with an observed positive improvement in representation, along with an increase in disclosure rates.

Improvements in the quality of the data mean that the force now has a better understanding of the impact of the initiatives it is taking and allows them to put in place a more targeted and focused approach to its activities. The data is reviewed and scrutinised at a number of meetings including those attended by the Board, Deputy Chief Constable and key stakeholders. This board evaluates the impact of activities and projects and conducts risk management.

The data is also considered at divisional and departmental meetings so that colleagues can identify how they are performing in their areas and can conduct more targeted activities.