Declaration action point: Strive for equitable success rates

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Data

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Consider double-blind reviewing or separate streaming of applications to strive for equitable success rates

We are all biased. What can we do? The ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to implement unbiased selection, hiring, and assessment, by considering double-blind reviewing or separate streaming of applications to strive for equitable success rates. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about equitable reviewing processes.

Issues

Equality aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things. Equity involves trying to understand and give people who have unique backgrounds and experiences what they need to be able to start from a level playing field so that equal treatment will be fair and just.

Suggested actions

  • To strip away any unfair advantage conferred by gender or race, consider double-blind reviewing.
  • Acknowledging that circumstances are not equal, fair and just for all candidates, consider two streams of application reviews to ensure reaching targets.
  • Hide names and identifying characteristics in applications.
  • Redact any clues as to the person’s gender, ethnicity, or physical attributes (e.g. Captain of Women’s Tennis Team)

Resources

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Examples of best practices: