White Paper

How to Create a Learning Programme for EDI

London (UK), January 2022 - EDI has become a top priority for all organisations and especially charities. A new white paper, published by the Charity Learning Consortium, explains how to create an effective learning programme in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Written by Nathan Nalla, the report is split into six key sections and includes

  • three questions you need to address before creating a learning plan for EDI
  • a  partnership approach to EDI - with a focus on why, when and who you should partner with
  • embedding EDI into all learning
  • five things to bear in mind when designing EDI learning
  • a spotlight on facilitation
  • ideas for evaluating outcome and impact

The document is packed with action points and useful hints and tips, and Nathan also explains why unconscious bias training often fails. It also features case studies with Shelter, World Vision, Shaw Trust, RSPCA and Leeds University Union, showcasing the work of members of the Consortium.

The white paper complements a series of videos focused on EDI, also created by the Consortium. The videos help inform charity learning practitioners and can also be used as part of blended-learning programmes to highlight specific issues and kick-start discussion.

Report author Nathan Nalla, founder and Director of Be The Riot, explains the need for these resources: "Equity, diversity, and inclusion have become top priorities for all organisations, but particularly for charities. Historically, people have looked to charities to be the leading lights when it comes to issues of justice, equality, and human rights, so it's crucial that workplace EDI is more than just a tick-box exercise. This means making it an organisational priority, embedding EDI into the very fabric of an organisation. An essential part of this work is educating employees and raising awareness of EDI-related issues."

Martin Baker, founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium, said of the white paper: "If you want to positively influence the culture within your organisation, you'll find something here to inspire you. None of us is anywhere near having all the answers or all the solutions, so I'm particularly grateful to Shelter, World Vision, RSPCA, Leeds University Union, and Shaw Trust for allowing us to showcase their work.
Wherever you are on your EDI learning and development  journey, the most important thing you can do is to start."