Employee Resource Group (ERG) Research

Organizations can participate in important research with CEO and Dr. Theresa Welbourne to gain valuable insights to enhance diversity initiatives. There are two research studies available for participation:

The Annual Employee Resource Group (ERG) Research Survey

Where are your ERGs driving impact? How are your ERGs driving growth and innovation?

Help your ERG leaders, sponsors and HR team by delivering data and benchmarking on the ways your ERGs are driving impact within your organization. This benchmarking scientific study originated in 2012, and it is pivotal to advancing our knowledge of ERGs and their impact on your organization’s strategy and performance.

This year we are adding questions focused on how ERGs are driving growth at the individual employee, ERG and organization levels. These questions will provide you deep insights and benchmarking data and also help you drive dialogue on the ways in which your organization wants ERG work to drive growth. In some cases, organizations have clear data on the links between ERG activity and growth outcomes, but the information is not being shared. By participating, you will receive company level reports and benchmarking data. Also, you will be helping drive change on what we know about ERGs by being part of a large-scale rigorous study.

Advantages to Participating:

  • Access to validated metrics trending since 2012
  • Conversations with experts who can help you understand and communicate your findings to senior leadership
  • Webinars and Learning

The survey is anonymous, and your organization’s results will remain confidential.  Results are aggregated for all respondents across collected demographics such as ERG type, ERG Leadership vs. non-Leadership.  See privacy policy.

The State of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) Research Survey

The “State of ERGs” research requires DEI leaders or a designated leader that oversees all ERGs in your organization to complete an online survey. The findings will be shared with each of the participating organizations and published by the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the USC Marshall School of Business. Begin the State of ERG and Benchmarking survey, here.