Guided by Step Up's Equity Maturity Model (the model), we assess where your organization is on its DEI journey. Equity exists in a continuous cycle, and through the model, we measure the organization's ability to embed equity in its strategy, operations, and culture.
We utilize information drawn from Phase 1 to align your organization's mission, vision, and purpose. We co-create visioning pathways with a Theory of Change (TOC) process and the Technology of Participation (ToP®) group facilitation methods developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and perfected in organizations and communities worldwide over the past 40+ years.
Phase 3 focuses on executing a strategic action plan that creates accountability, supports stakeholders, and expands your organization's influence to center DEI policies and practices. During this phase, we will focus on knowledge sharing and learning.
Equity in evaluation requires a shift in how learning and accountability are viewed and practiced. Evaluation is rooted in defining, describing, and analyzing the world based on a history informed by white, Western culture values and experiences. As a result, many of the policies, practices, and interventions seen as effective developed through an incomplete lens. We reframe existing evaluation methodologies and shift towards more equitable practices that value the knowledge and wisdom communities bring to the process. We adapt, redesign, and reimagine policies, strategies, and ways to allocate resources, including voices that reflect the assets and needs of those experiencing the most disparate outcomes.