A New Approach

New D&I Assessment

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, works with Northeast Ohio employers committed to making the region’s diversity a source of economic strength. 

In a diverse environment such as Northeast Ohio, economic growth cannot be sustained without including its diverse workforce and utilizing its minority businesses. 

For the past 16 years, the Commission has collected data and reported the status of diversity and inclusion efforts in Northeast Ohio. Starting in 2017, the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™ is undergoing significant changes that include a new name, becoming the Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment.

In addition, all Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies and organizations are invited to participate in the process.

The name of the tool was changed to better reflect its purpose. Input from focus groups following last year’s survey cycle and feedback from both old and new participants produced a comprehensive list of suggested updates. 

Changes also include plans to pre-populate the survey forms with the previous year’s responses, as well as a password-protected archive of past survey forms and scorecards.

Completing the D&I Assessment

Each organization will be assigned a single confidential password that can be shared within that organization to allow more than one person to enter data if necessary. Only one person per organization can be logged in at one time.

To receive a basic report, the workforce and senior management demographic data sections must be completed. Optional categories are Best Practices, Supplier Diversity, and Board Diversity. 

Important Dates
January 7, 2019 – D & I Assessment Opens
March 15, 2019 – Deadline to Complete Assessment 

If you have previously completed the survey and have not received your confidential link and password, or if your organization is interested in completing the Diversity & Inclusion Organization Assessment for the first time, please contact Marci Blue at 216-592-2369 or mblue@gcpartnership.com.


To aid you in completing the assessment, we compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers that can be found HERE.

Why Participate in the Assessment?

The results of the D&I Assessment function as a barometer of inclusion in Northeast Ohio region and provides employers with a tool and benchmarks for examining their own diversity and inclusion efforts.

Consider these reasons why your participation is valuable:

  • Employers receive a report with the aggregate results of all employers’ data, which includes benchmark data
  • Employers receive a confidential individual score card, along with suggested resources, useful for your organization’s internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.
  • Employers have opportunities for recognition of their diversity and inclusion initiatives

A Deeper Dive

DS Architecture

Recently we sat down with GCP member DS Architecture and asked them why they feel the assessment is important. For those businesses that might be on the fence about taking the Assessment, Meyers’ advice is simple: “I see no reason not to. I would ask people, ‘Would you take 30 minutes to fight cancer?’ They’d say, ‘Yes.’ Well, this is no different. You need to get involved.” 


In the past, Westfield had been benchmarking its diversity and inclusion efforts within the financial services industry. That changed when the company decided to leverage the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s D&I Organization Assessment.
“It covers all of the aspects a company would want to evaluate, and from that, you gain a local perspective for what other companies are doing.You need to know where you stand before you can map out your strategy for future growth and that’s the value of the assessment."
 -  Kristene Hawk, diversity and inclusion leader, Westfield



Contact Us

For more information, please contact the D&I Assessment administrator, Marci Blue, at 216-592-2369 or mblue@gcpartnership.com.