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The AICPA’s free Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model assessment is an essential resource for CPAs to measure the progress of diversity and inclusion at their organizations. It’s an easy-to-use tool that provides step-by-step recommendations to help with your specific plan.
One of the challenges many organizations face when looking at their diversity and inclusion strategy is implementing more than they are able to handle and not being realistic about progress. By using this tool, you can benchmark your organization’s current practices, begin to realistically implement changes into your day-to-day operations, and then measure improvement.
After taking the confidential assessment, you’ll receive results that provide insights and best practices into how to build a more diverse and inclusive culture. Not only will you be able to benchmark your progress year over year, but you’ll also be able to compare your results to similar organizations.
After completing the 15-minute survey, you will receive:
- Comparative Assessment Results — See where your organization stands and compare to the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles of respondents.
- Personalized Summary & Comprehensive Reports — These reports not only compare your results to the median score and best practice ranges, but they also provide an analysis on what your results mean and recommendations to improve your organization’s current plan.
- Resources — After you review the recommendations for improvement, you’ll need tools to help you move the needle. The AICPA’s dimensions of diversity wheel, glossary of terms, diversity recruiting plan template, and questions for employee surveys are resources you can share with staff as you begin to implement changes in day-to-day operations.
If you are an AICPA member, you can also request a consulting session to further analyze your firm’s results and receive detailed recommendations.
This tool isn’t meant to be used once and forgotten about. It is a resource to help your organization continuously evaluate and identify opportunities for improvement.