Many diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives require a careful orchestration of long-term strategy planning, leadership and employee buy-in, and behavioral and mindset shifts. Think
about a time you had to stop or modify an initiative midway because it was not working. What went wrong? What could you have done to prevent it? DEI initiatives that use a pilot approach are two-to-three times more likely to succeed than those that try to implement all at once without testing and learning. An initiative pilot helps you test out an idea to gain the necessary feedback and buy-in from your organization before implementation. This guide, created through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, will take you through the process of developing pilots for initiatives. It include examples and advice from companies that used a piloting mindset when planning, implementing and assessing initiatives.