EDI data tool: comparing your workforce to your local community

We have been working with a group of housing association members to drive progress towards a more diverse cohort of leaders across the housing association sector. This will inspire more diverse talent, build trust within our communities, allow better business decisions and develop inclusive environments for people to flourish.

In November the NHF launched our Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in housing association staff in England report, which looked at the current landscape of housing staff across the country. The insight report addressed data gaps and showed that where we do have EDI data, it shows just how far we have to go.

What is the EDI data tool?

This brand new tool developed by the NHF enables housing associations to compare workforces to the communities they serve. By supporting the sector to better understand the diverse characteristics of their residents, and how their workforces compare to them, we are ensuring the sector forms a solid foundation for ensuring sector leadership is diverse, and that housing association workplaces embrace equality.

Our goal

We want to understand the diversity of our sector’s staff in comparison to the communities they serve. Through collating the data produced by housing associations who have used the tool, we will be able to see where we are as a sector and track our progress going forwards. It will also improve the quality of equality data among participating housing associations.

By collecting this data regularly, we will begin to understand the impact of our member’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion. This will provide opportunities to share learning and good practice. Creating a national picture will be vital to informing our sector’s approach and will let housing associations compare their own position to wider, relevant data.

What we need from you

We want to be able to measure where we are as a sector to ensure that our overall housing workforce is representative of the communities that we work with, and track our progress going forwards.

The starting point is data, so we are asking our members to use the data tool and submit the data you collect to admin.team@housing.org.uk by 23 September 2021. Please follow the instructions and check out our commonly asked questions document below.

Why submit your data?

Submitting your data allows your organisation to contribute to progress on a national scale. Understanding diversity within our sector is something we are all responsible for. By contributing to our national project, you are ensuring your staff are included and your organisation is playing its part in this important project.

We hope it will improve the quality of your data, as well as contributing to the first national picture of the diversity of housing association staff in England. We would be amongst the only sectors to voluntarily produce such a picture, showing we are committed and passionate about building an equal, diverse and inclusive sector.

Is my data safe?

Your data will remain secure and anonymised throughout this process. The data tool only collects anonymised data.

We are creating a national picture, and individual organisation’s data will not be publically available in any way. We encourage you to be honest about where you are with diversity and inclusion so that we can all work towards understanding what the sector looks like and where we might need to improve.

If you have any GDPR concerns about submitting your data, please seek guidance from your data controller.

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Pledge your support

We want members to get involved and start the conversation online. Pledge your support online for our EDI data tool by downloading the social media graphics below to share on Twitter and LinkedIn.

How to submit your data

Submitting your data is easy, you just need to follow these four steps:

  1. Download the NHF’s EDI data tool belowplease note you must be an NHF member and logged in to the website to access this. Anyone working for an organisation that is an NHF member can register and login using their work email and our system will automatically grant access. The registration process is simple.
  2. Complete the data tool using the instructions. If you need more information about your staff, we have put together suggested questions to help complete the tool. You can also read our commonly asked questions for further information.
  3. For the data collection exercise, as a minimum, we would like you to complete as many characteristics as possible for ‘workforce by characteristic’. We would also like you to complete as many characteristics as possible for ‘executive to staff by characteristic’ and ‘board to staff by characteristic’. These are important to complete as these show diversity within key decision makers in the sector. If you don’t hold data on certain characteristics, be sure to mark ‘Do not know’ rather than leave blank.
  4. Save your Excel file with your organisation’s name. Send your completed data tool to us, in Excel format, by 23 September 2021.

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Who to speak to

Bethan Buck, External Affairs Manager