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Why is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) important for your research project?

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive research program is essential to creating the impactful and innovative research necessary to further understanding and knowledge. At CRG we are committed to working within our EDI framework on all research projects we undertake, which will allow your organization to better respond to local, national, and global challenges.

What is EDI and how should your organization incorporate this framework into your next study? Find out more below.

What is EDI?

An EDI research framework focuses on the three elements of EDI: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Specifically, equity is defined as the removal of systematic barriers and biases from all aspects of your research program. Having an equitable research program ensures that all individuals have an equal opportunity to share their experiences and speak their truth. Secondly, diversity is defined as differences in one or many of a variety of factors: gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, colour, race, ability, place of origin, immigrant or newcomer status, age, religion, and other factors. And finally, inclusion refers to ensuring all individuals are equally supported and welcomed into the research project. An inclusive research framework ensures that all perspectives are respected and valued equally.

Diversity and inclusion primarily focus on people and processes, while equity is largely focused on impact. Although many organizations are actively working on diversity and/or inclusion initiatives, many struggle with how to move forward with equity. Therefore, a comprehensive research plan must consider all three aspects: people, processes, and impact.

Best practices in EDI Research

Even if your study is not primarily focused on EDI initiatives it is important to incorporate an EDI framework when defining and planning your approach – regardless of the type of project you are implementing. Some key aspects of an EDI research framework include:

● A thorough understanding of the systemic barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented groups;

● Establishing and maintaining impactful measures to remove barriers and ensure equity in your research approach; and,

● Ensuring that a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences are incorporated into the research planning process.

At CRG we have developed a robust EDI research framework that we apply to all of our projects and the results speak for themselves. Our projects are equitable, capture many diverse perspectives, and inclusive of all experiences. Let us help your organization leverage EDI on your next research project.

Reach out to learn more today!


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