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Drivers for Change – Set Reasonable Timelines and Targets

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Taking Time & Setting Targets

Creating a culture shift towards equity and inclusion requires time and sustained effort. It requires setting targets or specific short-term goals to articulate what needs to be done to achieve the long-term strategic objectives. Reasonable timelines must be identified to achieve these goals and measure progress towards performance targets.

Implementing strategies and ways of working that differ from the status quo require patience and time. Timelines need to incorporate taking time to listen, learn, be responsive, and build relationships to support equitable change. It also includes allocating time for outreach, knowledge sharing, collaboration, learning about lived experiences, engaging with communities, reporting back, self-reflection, and the implementation of other drivers for change.


  1. Canadian Institute for Diversity and Inclusion’s’ Toolkit for Developing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Retrieved from: