Inclusiveness Index

The Inclusiveness Index Report is an annual publication that identifies and captures the degree of group-based inclusion and marginality experienced across the world and within the United States.

cover of the 2018 inclusiveness indexA premier research initiative for the Institute, the Inclusiveness Index represents the Institute’s efforts to measure and more deeply understand the dynamics of inclusion and group-based marginality within the United States and across the globe. The index holistically examines the experiences of groups across a range of social dimensions, including gender, race/ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.

Developed under the leadership of Institute Director john a. powell, and authored by Stephen Menendian, Assistant Director, Elsadig Elsheikh, Global Justice Program Director, and Samir Gambhir, Geographic Information Systems Researcher and Manager of the Equity Metrics program, the Inclusiveness Index is a unique measure of inclusivity with a focus on policy, laws, and institutions rather than economic forces that shape inequality. Menendian notes, “In our Index, the poorest nations on the planet are capable of faring best in terms of inclusivity, while the wealthiest are capable of faring the worst.”

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Based on six core indicators, chosen by the research team for which data sets are available, countries are ranked relative to one another. The reports also delve behind the data and surfaces critical trends, both troubling and hopeful, that deserve special attention.

Both our 2016 and 2017 reports include maps and infographics that highlight key themes and represent the critical findings. The scoring of countries conveys a holistic assessment of institutional inclusiveness while the report illuminates global trends such global migration, income inequality, marriage equality, violence against women, and religious discrimination.

Our rankings are not the final word on inclusivity nor a definitive assessment of any national or state performance, but intended to spark a conversation and generate further inquiry into how and why some places, communities, and nations are more inclusive than others, and how we can all do better and learn from one another. We welcome questions, feedback, and comments in the contact form at the bottom of this page.

The first annual Inclusiveness Index Report was released on September 26, 2016. That launch was complemented by a webinar with the co-authors which took place on September 28, 2016. This index and the report was revised in December 2017 to make the analysis consistent with 2017 index methodology. Watch the webinar

The 2017 Index report was released on December 31, 2017, and can be downloaded here.

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