How successful was the UK Government’s Two Ticks ‘Positive About Disabled People’ scheme and what lessons can be learned for the successor ‘Disability Confident’ scheme?
Nick Bacon, Kim Hoque and David Allen (Texas Christian University) have researched this matter recently, and have presented their findings in a staff seminar at Cardiff Business School and at the SIOP conference in Washington D.C.
Their study is based on the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations survey through which the researchers compared workplaces with and without Two Ticks status. It found no evidence that Two Ticks had a positive impact on disability employment rates, and very little evidence that it had a positive impact either on the adoption of disability equality practices and flexible working practices, or disabled people’s experiences of working life.
The Two Ticks scheme was absorbed into the successor Disability Confident scheme in 2016. Since ‘Disability Confident’ carries many of the same features as ‘Two Ticks’, in particular the lack of independent monitoring to review whether employers meet the standards required of them, the research suggests it is unlikely Disability Confident will succeed where Two Ticks failed. This raises concerns for both the reputation and the potential of Disability Confident scheme to create change, and calls into question the value of the Disability Confident brand. By failing to achieve real progress, employers and disabled people themselves are unlikely to consider the scheme credible.
For further details on the research, go to the briefing note “How effective was Two Ticks?” (pdf)