The goal of this survey is to understand current practices in design and planning offices as they relate to the promotion and support of gender equity. In addition to assessing policies firms have implemented, we hope to collect suggestions and successful strategies that organizations and individuals have put into practice. The results of the survey will be shared with all survey participants and at the gender equity panel discussion of the upcoming Association for Community Design conference being held in Dallas, Texas, June 22nd-25th, 2017. This research is being conducted independently by colleagues from nonprofit community design center buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. All responses will remain anonymous.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Lizzie MacWillie,
Part 1: Personal Information

What is your job title?

What is your age?

Which option below best describes your annual salary?

Would you identify your gender as....

How would you best describe your race?

Do you identify as being of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

How many years have you worked at your current place of employment?

How many times have you been promoted at your current place of employment?

Which option below best describes the size of your firm or organization?

What is the City and State of your place of work?

Is your place of work a non-profit?

Does your office identify as a social impact design/public interest design firm?

Please provide your email address if you would like to receive updates on the survey results

If you don't wish to leave your email here but would like to receive the results of the survey, send a message to
Part 2: Formal Policies

Does your organization have a written gender policy that affirms a commitment to gender equity?

Does staff feel these policies are being carried out effectively?

Does your organization's gender policy have an operational plan that includes clear allocation of responsibilities and time for monitoring and evaluation?

Does senior management takes responsibility for the development and implementation of the gender equity policy?

My office has (check all that apply):

My office has (check all that apply):

Part 3:Culture/Work Practices

Are gender issues taken seriously and discussed openly by both men and women in your organization?

Do you believe there is a gap between how women and men in your organization view gender issues?

What do you think your organization should do to fully integrate gender equity into its day-to-day practices?

Please describe any successes or challenges you have experienced in integrating gender equity in the work of your organization.

Part 4: Staffing

Are there articulated strategies implemented to recruit or promote women into senior management positions?

Please describe some of those strategies

Are all candidates for a position assessed using clearly defined criteria and exposed to similar interview processes to guard against unintentional bias?

Does your organization have a gender disparity in staff retention?

Part 5: Knowledge and Skill

Are female staff made responsible for organizing or leading gender awareness or equity trainings?

Is there training of senior management and members of your board to institutionalize gender equity in management?

Part 6: Leadership and Management

Management is committed to promoting female representation at senior levels of my organization.

Part 7: Monitoring and Evaluation

Is data collected and monitored regarding the application, selection, and acceptance rates of male and female job applicants?

Part 8: Individual strategies

Do you or your colleagues have strategies that you employ to promote gender equity in your work (in the office, with partners, with clients)?

Please describe these strategies

If you are male, are there strategies you employ to ensure that your female colleagues are being treated equally, or interventions you make when you recognize they are not?

Please describe these strategies

Please make a comment or tell us any stories about gender equity in the workplace that you would like to share.

Thank you for completing the survey. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lizzie MacWillie at
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