Is DEI Training a Waste of Time?

Diversity and Inclusion Training is in popular demand.

Find out if it’s a waste of your time.


Here’s some key messages from this episode:

– Why nearly all DEI training has the same two goals

– Why so much DEI training appears to be the same

– How to avoid this devastating evaluation issue of DEI training


Here’s some key takeaways from this episode:

There is limited evidence to show DEI training works long term 

“the enthusiasm for, and monetary investment in, diversity training has outpaced the available evidence that such programs are effective in achieving their goals”

DEI training is often evaluated using false proxies 

“Asking the trainees if they liked or enjoyed the training or if they found it useful. That’s a false proxy.”

DEI training needs to be relevant to your specific organisation

“Contradictory findings concerning the impact of of Diversity Training may highlight the importance of “contextual factors that can moderate a program’s effects”


In every episode you will find:

– A specific question for you to answer

– A challenge for you to consider

– An action for you to take

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Here’s some resources so you can go deeper:

Diversity Training Goals, Limitations, and Promise: A Review of the Multidisciplinary Literature

‘Racist’ Met police course for detectives ditched after protests by attendees


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The Proxy Problem of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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