Equity Maturity Model.
The Equity Maturity Model details a developmental path to institutionalize an organization’s commitment to the assurance of equity. It is a means to diagnose current performance, provide clarity on gaps, and identify opportunities for learning and growth.
A 12-dimensional approach.
The model encompasses all facets of performance and behavior that should matter. An exhaustive review of the sector demonstrates that no one organization has evolved to the point of mastery across all 12 dimensions; each is a work in progress.
Funding priorities combat root causes and direct consequences of systemic inequity
Opportunities for staff learning and connection on equity issues occur regularly
The impact of historical inequity is a factor when choosing a grant recipient
Equity-related criteria are embedded in evaluation of grant and contract proposals
Increasing diversity is an explicit goal and differences are celebrated
Principles of equity are demonstrated top-down and influence performance appraisals
Equity terminology and message are clearly defined and broadly discussed
A standard equity data collection process exists, along with routine inspection for insights
Beliefs and priorities regarding the resolution of inequity are publicly shared
A governing body monitors performance and provides routine status/progress updates
Convening power is used to engage others on equity issues and invite input
Cooperative efforts occur with funders and other partners whose equity objectives are aligned