Only 6% of DEI Programs are Effective



The DEI Challenge

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology sought to find out what types of DEI training made a difference[1]. The researchers examined 490 studies involving more than 87,000 people. They found that not only does most DEI training not change biased behavior, in some cases the behavior got worse.

Why? Most training done to combat automatic thinking focuses on bringing awareness to automatic thinking and unconscious bias, and basically says that it is bad. Imagine a fitness program that told you overeating is bad and left it at that.

They found that fewer than 10% of training programs gave attendees strategies for reducing bias.

The Solution

However, there is good news. The researchers studied the training that does make a difference.

Gravity utilizes those findings in each and every DEI module we create. DEI training that is effective contains:

  • Practice seeing something from a different point of view
  • Concrete skills you can practice until they become your new way
  • The belief that we can change our biased and automatic behavior with practice
  • A structured way to engage with the content after the training

Learning Into Action

Many of us have encountered DEI learning that seems more like a check-box formality rather than a meaningful experience that brings about actual change.

That's why Gravity Learning takes a unique approach in designing our Diversity learning programs to educate without creating defensiveness or blame.

Of course, awareness is the first step in culture change. However, awareness without action can be a wasted opportunity. That’s why we focus on real world skills that translate into real-world growth.

Gravity programs are scientifically designed to make a difference. Participants  not only learn new skills but also actively apply them during their learning experience. Our DEI modules are interactive, engaging, and focused on achieving tangible results.

Before, between, and after the workshop, attendees will be supported with dripped content designed to increase skill retention and application, peer-to-peer meetings, and small real-world assignments.

Oh, yeah? Prove it.

We all understand that learning is valuable but difficult to prove, until now.

Every Gravity Learning experience measures reaction, behavior change, impact, and quantified ROI.

We’ll follow up with participants and their supervisors 30 days later to see if any of the skills are being used and if there was a visible impact. We’ll collect stories and experiences you can share with leaders.

Let's talk. 

At Gravity, we're not stingy with our methods. If you'd like to chat about how we do things, ask questions, or brainstorm soltuions, we're happy to meet. Of course, if you would like to see how Gravity might help upskill your team, we're open to that, as well. 🙂 

[1] Forscher, P. S., Lai, C. K., Axt, J. R., Ebersole, C. R., Herman, M., Devine, P. G., & Nosek, B. A. (2019). A meta-analysis of procedures to change implicit measures. Journal of personality and social psychology, 117(3), 522.

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