Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) shared today the full results of its 2016 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey. This survey captures quantitative and qualitative data about workforce demographics, supplier diversity programs, and community engagement
among companies in the eight-county Madison Region. It also provides companies with a vehicle to self-assess strengths and opportunities relative to diversity in their workforce.
MadREP first launched this annual survey in 2015 in alignment with the Advance Now Strategy for economic growth, which includes Leadership & Diversity as one of its five main planks. Last year’s inaugural survey marked the first time an assessment of this type had taken place in the Madison Region, and the 2016 survey built upon that momentum.
“The inclusion of a diverse workforce is vital to the sustained economic growth of the Madison Region,” notes Paul Jadin, president at MadREP. “Assessing the progress of diversity and inclusion efforts by employers is a critical step in improving our practices.”
MadREP partnered with the Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls to increase the validity and response rate of this year’s survey. The survey was sent to a random sample of 2,464 employers in the eight-county region with 10 or more employees between February – April 2016. The survey received 358 responses for a margin of error of ±5.06%. A summary of initial survey results was released on May 9 at the Madison Region’s Economic Development & Diversity Summit, co-hosted by MadREP and the Urban League of Greater Madison.
Complete survey results, including an executive summary and data sets, are available at madisonregion.org/diversitysurveyreport.