Paradigm’s Strategy and Training Work Shapes IHME’s Approach to DEI

About IHME

Founded in 2007, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a global health resource focusing on identifying the world’s major health problems, how society addresses them, and how leaders can best dedicate resources to maximize health improvement.

Recognizing their commitment to health inequity was intrinsically linked to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), IHME began exploring how they could diversify and build a more inclusive culture.

“The way we approached it at the beginning was particularly strategic,” said Kelsey Bannon, IHME Director of Organizational Development.

Designing an inclusive, structured hiring process

In 2017, IHME partnered with Paradigm for an assessment that identified key barriers to DEI, provided strategies to address those barriers, and provided a DEI roadmap designed to drive measurable impact. Paradigm used organizational data related to population, met with employees to understand organizational practices through a DEI lens, and reviewed IHME’s job descriptions and website.

Paradigm’s first recommendation for IHME was to build a more diverse pipeline by highlighting the Institute’s commitment to D&I and engaging in active sourcing efforts. Paradigm also provided step-by-step instructions for designing an inclusive, structured hiring process that would help ensure fair and objective hiring decisions. The assessment also included recommendations on how to foster a culture where everyone can be successful and have their voices heard, and called out the importance of leadership engagement and community building.

With IHME’s staff eager to move forward in their DEI journey, they quickly realized they needed formal training to be successful.  They did a series of five workshops with Paradigm, then used Paradigm to train their internal staff to facilitate ongoing workshops that would scale their employees’ DEI education.

"Working with Paradigm resulted in twenty-one set points of recommendations that we formed a subcommittee around,” said Bannon. “Paradigm gave a lot of useful support and training along the way."

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“There is no way we would have been able to do this without Paradigm. You helped us lay the groundwork, and now, we have an in-house expert leading a group that is primed for ongoing change”

Kelsey Bannon
Director of Organizational Development

IHME's Results

The outcome? The creation of a DEI Council and in their most recent engagement survey IHME employees believed that diversity and inclusiveness issues are openly discussed at their organization with a mean of 4.24 on a scale of 1 to 5.

IHME has been so pleased with its progress they recently hired a Chief Diversity Officer who manages efforts and focuses on executing an ongoing, evolving DEI strategy building on the foundation that was supported by Paradigm.

“There is no way we would have been able to do this without the ground work from Paradigm,” said Bannon. “Now, we have an expert leading a group that is primed for change with existing training.”

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