4.4.3 Identifying the lack of knowledge
Consider what knowledge the organisation possesses today and what parts need to be reinforced. We need to think about what we know and, most importantly, make ourselves aware of what we do not know.
It is also crucial that research is the foundation of everything we do and that any changes we make to sports settings should be knowledge-based. Ensure that the project group that works to make the organisation more inclusive is diversified and that different people have the chance to make their voice heard.
On a federation level, one suggestion is to contact universities and colleges and use any relevant research available. Do a fact-based analysis and avoid guessing when it comes to assessing what your organisation looks like. Use qualitative research, if possible, which means interviewing your participants in order to better understand the people you are trying to include.
Individual associations should ensure that there is broad competence in the management team and base their work on research. Make sure that the group that formulates the challenges is heterogeneous so that everyone brings different types of experience into the group.
To find out how your group looks and how close to the norm you are, the Teflon-test can be a good tool
The Teflon-test is a chance to reflect on yourself and your everyday life. In addition, you get to see what the norm looks like in your group. If your answer is almost exclusively “never” or “rarely” you are most likely part of the norm and have thus not had to think about these questions much.
The Teflon test
Think about, and put a tick in the corresponding box, to the question of how often, if ever, you have experienced discomfort, looks, taunts, abuse or uncomfortable questions because of any of the reasons below.
What is the point of the test?
This is an easy way to reflect on your own situation and your environment. It is also a good way to get an idea of what the norm looks like.
After completion of the test, discuss the following questions in the group:
- How did it feel to fill out the test and see your result?
- Are you surprised by the result?
- How can we relate to these results in our organisation?
- How can we use this knowledge and these insights on norms and privileges constructively?