We have talked about the ingredients it will take to make your initiative successful. Once up and running, you will want to measure your success to build further credibility around your efforts. As you track progress against your goals, you will be regularly reviewing data to learn what is working, and making any necessary refinements to your program.

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“To achieve the expansion in jobs needed to close the employment gap for people with disabilities, we must develop programs that are effective, sustainable and scalable. Measuring the success of each initiative contributes to our knowledge base and furthers our progress toward a workplace that is truly inclusive.”

Elaine Katz
Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications, Kessler Foundation

Success Factors

Phase Success Factors
Buy-in
  • One or more “project champions” passionate about starting the initiative
  • Clear communication of business case to fit company needs
  • CEO sign-off and/or support
Assessment
  • Needs to involve operations and HR from senior to local level
  • Recruiting/hiring systems of each company must be taken into consideration early in disability employment and inclusion efforts
Planning
  • Internal and external momentum can grow quickly within these initiatives, so a plan must be in place to channel it
  • Established and efficient accommodations system in place to understand existing processes
Design
  • Elements of the pilot project are created to effectively facilitate disability inclusion
  • Established practices and procedures defining the project framework are in place and known internally
Develop
  • Internal and/or external resources are in place and committed to the vision of the project
  • Staff and external stakeholders understand metrics and measures of accountability
Pilot
  • Clear communication and agreement of pilot site business case and need for inclusive culture
  • Local project champion who is willing to take ownership of implementation
  • Data tracking and reports are available to senior management to communicate learnings
Evaluate
  • Identification of key metrics related to your company’s original business case are clearly defined
  • Metrics are monitored and frequently communicated by a dedicated project manager
  • Lessons learned from pilot rollout are incorporated into plans for expansions
Pilot Expansion/Rollout
  • Broad buy-in for diversity and inclusion initiative is clearly evident among local site managers and front line staff
  • Clear standard operating procedure or rollout plan is articulated by project champions and understood by local managers

Benchmarking and Measuring Success

  • USBLN Disability Equality IndexSM: A national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices
  • NOD Disability Employment TrackerTM: A free and confidential online assessment that provides critical analysis on your company’s disability employment practices, with optional assessment of veteran employment practices
  • Cornell University BenchmarkABILITY: A self-assessment tool to help organizations learn more about leading practices to promote disability inclusive workplaces

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