Goal 9: We will take an empirical and creative approach to embedding equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our work. By 2025, we will have generated evidence supporting five EDI practices that effectively address issues of discrimination and exclusion.

Our starting point for change

Despite growing momentum to address EDI in the workplace and in social impact work, the evidence base for what works remains limited. Our innovation capabilities give us a unique opportunity to examine our own biases, close the evidence gap, hold ourselves accountable and identify ways to improve current best practice.

How we will address this issue

Tapping into Nesta’s innovation capabilities, we will review historical data and run experiments, online simulations and trials on issues which drive inequity and bias. One example of this could be testing the most effective ways to de-bias decision-making processes.

We will use established tools to recognise the choices and biases embedded in any dataset. We will also consider developing frameworks inspired by data justice tools, to ensure our other innovation practices uphold our EDI principles – for example, by developing, testing and publishing a ‘design equity’ toolkit.

When evaluating our programme impact, we will consider the strengths and limitations of various methods. We will account for the ways that RCTs can mask negative impacts on minoritised groups and only reveal average effects. We will consider oversampling minoritised groups to ensure a meaningful (sub-)sample size, complementing quantitative analysis with qualitative experiences, and conducting community and market analyses.

Metrics of our progress

  • Publication of evidence advancing equity and inclusion
  • Development of tools for equitable and inclusive innovation