Can Equity Be Measured? Lessons From a Great Collaboration
We will use our recent collaboration with Union of Concerned Scientists to explore the question of how, why, and under what circumstances it can be beneficial to incorporate equity into an organization’s performance measurement framework. We share our experience working with UCS to develop their first-ever set of KPIs related to equity, and how we worked together with UCS staff and stakeholders to create systems to help monitor and measure their progress on these KPIs. By partnering effectively with UCS, we were able to figure out how technology and business process could be managed so that data pertaining to DEI metrics could be effectively collected, tracked, and monitored.
This session will leave you feeling inspired and excited to jumpstart conversations with your colleagues about how your organization can measure its progress on DEI areas. You’ve talked the talk, it’s time to walk the walk–and measure the steps you’re taking.
- Understand why KPIs are useful for measuring equity
- Understand the pitfalls of using KPIs to measure equity
- Develop 1-2 ideas for how to evaluate equity in your organization
Target AudienceThose with an interest in organizational KPIs
Campaign and Science Network Manager, Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Danielle Fox is a campaign manager and manager of the Science Network for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. As campaign manager, Danielle develops and implements campaigns for advocates, partners, and scientists to protect and promote the role of science in democratic dialogue, and the policy making process. She also manages the UCS Science Network, which offers scientists and technical experts training, resources, and engagement opportunities to bring their distinct expertise to the public.
Prior to joining UCS, she worked as the research director for the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Service, which spearheaded substantive policy reforms for pension and healthcare coverage. Danielle was also the national student program coordinator for Physicians for Human Rights, where she built a network of more than 75 medical and public health student chapters and coordinated campaigns for students and medical residents to advocate for health and human rights policy.
She earned a master’s in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. in international development and social change from Clark University.
Director of Equity
Vanice Dunn is an equity and communications strategist with experience designing and executing strategies for mission-driven clients, especially those focused on racial equity and justice. Vanice began to hone her skills in social justice advocacy in an organic way — as a young girl of color in a small southern town, her existence itself became a political statement. Her passion eventually led her to the Provoc team where she serves as Director of Equity. Whether leading strategy projects or facilitating equity workshops, Vanice is always aiming to dismantle systems and barriers that exist to keep marginalized communities from leveraging their power. By rooting her work in a womanist lens, Vanice has a particular passion for projects that combat the ‘isms’ — including racism, classism, and sexism.
In her spare time, as a co-founder of the Dismantle Collective, Vanice works to dismantle white supremacy through radical transparency, liberatory practices, and pleasure. She also serves on the board of directors for Equal Rights Advocates and Web of Change.