- Description: Building frameworks and metrics for gender diversity programs to measure their impact on bottom line profitability. Expanding these metrics to measure the economic input of gender diversity programs.
The subject of my research project will be on the effectiveness of gender diversity programs within organisations in a bid to attract and keep senior women in leadership roles. The first part of the study is to test the theory and viability of further research into Gender Economics and Diversity Economics. Gender Economics recognises the ‘direct input’ of women to the economy by enabling leadership roles through diversity rather than the ‘indirect’ impact of women as consumers and supporters.
I will draw on existing research into the field of diversity management and test the theories using participants in focus group’s to draw on their experience and knowledge in the areas in both implementing diversity programs, and being a recipient of diversity programs.
Ideally, I am looking for a mix of men and women of different ages to form a group of six to ten people for the first focus group session. Over the coming year I intend to work with at least two organisations, one government and one corporate, who currently have a diversity program in place. I aim to research and evaluate these programs to see what metrics they have put in place to measure the success of their programs. Then I would like to tie the outcomes to economic health as an argument for the economic advantages of Gender and Diversity Economics.