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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The Centre is committed to taking tangible steps to make learning and evaluation work in the youth sector more accessible, inclusive, and reflective of the huge diversity of experiences and perspectives of both young people and youth practitioners across the UK.

"Explain or Reform"

Drawing on the Lammy Review (2017) into inequitable outcomes in the Criminal Justice System, our aim is to advocate for the establishment of a version of the “explain or reform” principle across all learning and evaluation work in the social sector.
Lammy Review

Putting this into practice first requires us to address the issue of reporting: in the majority of cases, we and our learning and evaluation peers do not systematically collect and analyse the basic demographic and diversity data needed in order to identify inequitable access and outcomes. 

This inability is in itself an expression of systemic inequity within current norms for learning and evaluation practice. 

If we cannot reliably and consistently report on inequities and under-representation in learning and evaluation programmes and practices, across commissioners, practitioners and participants, we can neither explain nor reform these programmes and practices.

In order to make progress towards a more equitable, diverse and inclusive evaluation sector, we propose the following principles and ways of working:

  • All learning and evaluation programmes, projects and practitioners should explicitly consider equity and social justice in the design and delivery of our work.
  • We should use our platform to collect and report on data on equity and social justice in youth provision 
  • This should include mechanisms to identify and report on any inequities in our work, in terms of resourcing, accessibility, representation, governance and analysis.
  • The learning and evaluation community should commit to openly sharing any identified examples of potential inequity in our work, to allow us to collectively explain why they have arisen, or to reform our practices in order to prevent such inequity arising again.

"If there are apparent disparities by ethnic group, then the emphasis should be on institutions in the system to provide an evidence-based explanation for them... The expectation should be placed on institutions to either provide answers which explain disparities or take action to eradicate them" 

The Lammy Review, 2017

The Centre's commitments and actions

Achieving our aims requires clear, accountable commitments to specific actions. 

As a team, with the support of our Board, we make the following commitments.

Every quarter ( January, April, July, October), we will publish a summary report setting out:

  1. The demographics of the core team, board and key partners/associates, with reference to EHRC protected characteristics
  2. Specific actions we and our partners have taken in the previous quarter across our current portfolio of projects, as well as our policies and practices, to identify potential inequities and respond to them 
  3. Specific actions we intend to take in the upcoming quarter, to increase the equality, diversity and inclusivity of our work
  4. A summary of any publications (reports, papers, blogs) from the Centre and its partners which explicitly reference EDI issues

The content of this quarterly summary report will be discussed by our whole team, in a quarterly review meeting dedicated to EDI.

To support our ongoing commitment, our Board will allocate one board meeting per year in which the principle agenda item will be EDI. 

In this meeting our progress against our stated aims will be reviewed, and the Board will agree key strategic actions and opportunities for the coming 12 months, which will be published on this page.

If you have any questions or requests relating to EDI, please get in touch.