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Drivers for Change – Check Assumptions

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Checking Assumptions

Assumptions are the things that we presuppose to be true. They are often unexamined and taken for granted without questioning. Checking assumptions can reveal hidden or unintentional biases and stereotypes, along with the policies, practices and procedures, which reinforce them. Identifying and checking ideas and assumptions is crucial to developing a common understanding of a problem and opens up new ways of understanding.

Adapted from:

  1. City of Ottawa and City for All Women Initiative. 2015. Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook. Ottawa, ON: CAWI. Retrieved from
    https://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/default/files/ei_lens_hb_en.pdf

Further Reading / Additional resources

Ramirez, J. (2016, November 29). Challenging Assumptions and Practices in Board Diversity.
https://medium.com/new-faces-new-spaces/challenging-assumptions-and-practices-in-board-diversity-b2a6c2b67e55

Sample Tools

Community Toolbox: Chapter 1 – Section 6 – Some Core Principles, Assumptions, and Values to Guide the Work.
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/model-for-community-change-and-improvement/core-principles-and-values/main

City of Ottawa and City for All Women Initiative. 2015. Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook. Ottawa, ON: CAWI. Apply to your work – Working with people (page 44)
https://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/default/files/ei_lens_hb_en.pdf