The impact model is a lens for studying how a diversity intervention works in an organization. It is based on years of research interviewing executives about the key outcomes they are seeking from diversity programs, learning from prior competitions and working from a long-term research study conducted by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne. Her research has been done with employees in hundreds of companies around the world.
The model focuses on the domain areas where executives are seeking improvement (talent management, culture and vitality, which focuses on forward movement, momentum, improvement and growth). These outcomes are then considered from three perspectives, having a positive impact on individuals, the organization overall, and external stakeholders.
By integrating the extensive years of experience from prior competitions with a scientifically validated model, the new awards program will provide all participants with a more robust data-driven experience and outcomes that they can share with senior executives and ERG members. Additionally, the new awards program moves from 25 awards to a total of 45 awards, providing additional learning, examples and opportunities.