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NOAA Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey 
Measuring Diversity and Inclusion  

 

Measuring the impact of various initiatives to improve diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is often a difficult proposition.  To assist agencies with this issue the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has included questions in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) that are used to gauge employee perceptions of D&I within their respective agencies.  These measures provide qualitative benchmarks for agencies to use to measure their progress with D&I initiatives.

Diversity
To quantitatively measure the extent to which employees believe that actions and policies of leadership and management promote and respect diversity, OPM included the following three questions within the FEVS:

Labeled the “Support for Diversity” category, this information is captured in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings.  Produced by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte, the rankings are based upon the data collected from the FEVS and offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces, providing employee perspectives on leadership, pay, innovation, work–life balance and other issues.
For more information on this “Support for Diversity” category and other areas captured by the FEVS data please visit the NOAA page of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings. 

“Support for Diversity” Scores


Fiscal Year

“Support for Diversity” Score

17

59.1%

16

53.4%

15

52.7%

14

53.8%

13

53.4%

Inclusion
Research confirms that workplace inclusion is a contributing factor to employee engagement and organizational performance. One of the major issues facing organizations and the federal government in regard to inclusion is how to properly measure it and improve an inherently intangible aspect of group interaction. To help measure inclusion, OPM has created an index called the New Inclusion Quotient (New IQ).  The New IQ consists of 20 questions in the FEVS grouped into five categories, known as the “Habits of Inclusion”, which directly correlate to the employees’ sense of inclusion in their workplaces – meaning how Fair, Open, Cooperative, Supportive and Empowering they perceive their workplaces to be. 

New IQ Scores


Fiscal Year

Overall

Fair

Open

Cooperative

Supportive

Empowered

17

62%

51%

60%

57%

81%

61%

16

59%

48%

57%

50%

79%

60%

15

58%

46%

56%

50%

79%

58%

To view the 20 FEVS questions comprising the New IQ and a comparison of NOAA’s scores to the Department of Commerce, please view the following:  
2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Diversity & Inclusion - The New IQ Index

2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Diversity & Inclusion - The New IQ Index

2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Diversity & Inclusion - The New IQ Index