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Back Assessing Inclusion Behaviors and Impact of Inclusion within the Fleet

Fiscal Year 2021
Division Research & Sponsored Programs
Department NPS Naval Research Program
Investigator(s) Arkes, Jeremy A.
Sponsor Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Navy)
Summary This study aims to develop Inclusion & Diversity metrics to track over time and to assess the impact of education/training of I&D competencies on inclusivity and positive climate, which are recognized as strategic imperatives that are instrumental in maintaining readiness and encouraging greater retention. We will use an integrated quantitative and qualitative approach. Our research objectives are the following: (1) Develop metrics to assess behaviors of inclusion within the Fleet. One ultimate metric would be retention of minority groups relative to non-minority groups at various stages of a career. For other metrics, we will be guided by FY20 ship interviews on diversity, as well as new FY21 interviews with more direct questions on what particular experiences make Sailors (particularly minorities and females) feel included/excluded. (2) Assess inclusion behaviors using the developed metrics and fleet interview responses. We will attempt to identify communities that do well and those that do not do so well. This would be overall for the Navy and for various communities (based on MOS, MOS group, Navy base, ship class, and even by ship).(3) With the set of metrics we have from before and after the implementation of the I&D competencies (retention of minorities relative to non-minorities), we will estimate the impact of the competencies on those metrics. Also, we will determine, through further ship interviews of Officers and higher-ranked Sailors, which I&D competencies are perceived to be the most impactful for fostering inclusion. (4) Determine what command practices and policy contribute to greater acceptance of diversity? We will rely on ship visits, and work with N1T to distribute surveys to a wide section of the fleet to address these research questions.
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