Measuring Service Climate with an Eye for Diversity   [open pdf - 666KB]

"Drawing on surveys administered by Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and the Services as well as on outside literature on organizational climate, this issue paper describes aspects of climate currently measured by the military, methods of data analysis currently used by DEOMI, alternative measures used by public agencies, and key issues to consider when selecting climate survey measures. Our review indicates that many efforts to understand various aspects of climate are under way. Although the different surveys explore some common topics (e.g., leadership, unit cohesion, attachment to the Service), each of them measures the topics in different ways. In addition, DEOMI notes that potentially helpful constructs, such as leaders' use of diversity competencies, are not yet measured. Most importantly, research indicates that measures should be valid, reliable, and linked to the organizational mission and goals."

Report Number:
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 42
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/
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