New Resources Help Organizations Advance Race Equity at Every Step

Posted September 13, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Climbing the seven steps toward race equity

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s sev­en-step guide, Race Equi­ty and Inclu­sion Action Guide, aims to help orga­ni­za­tions advance race equi­ty and elim­i­nate sys­temic bar­ri­ers en route to improv­ing the lives of chil­dren and families.

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Now, in part­ner­ship with sev­er­al lead­ers in race equi­ty, the Foun­da­tion has cre­at­ed and com­piled a new set of resources focused on help­ing social-sec­tor orga­ni­za­tions nav­i­gate every step of this sev­en-part journey.

Below is a run­down of resources — large­ly pub­li­ca­tions and webi­nar record­ings — offered at each Race Equi­ty and Inclu­sion Action Guide step.

Step One: Estab­lish an under­stand­ing of race equi­ty and inclu­sion principles.
Align­ing lan­guage is the first step toward more equi­table practices.

Step Two: Engage affect­ed pop­u­la­tions and stakeholders.
Too often, peo­ple of col­or are exclud­ed from deci­sion-mak­ing chan­nels, civic par­tic­i­pa­tion and pow­er. Engag­ing affect­ed pop­u­la­tions is key.

Step Three: Gath­er and ana­lyze dis­ag­gre­gat­ed data.
Data bro­ken down by race, eth­nic­i­ty and gen­der pro­vide a nec­es­sary ana­lyt­ic tool to man­age and effec­tive­ly allo­cate resources.

Step Four: Con­duct a sys­tems analy­sis to uncov­er the caus­es of inequities.
A sys­tems analy­sis con­sid­ers his­to­ry, cul­ture and insti­tu­tion­al back­ground to uncov­er caus­es of inequities and pos­si­ble solu­tions. This infor­ma­tion enables orga­ni­za­tions to make informed and strate­gic deci­sions about how to inter­rupt and change inequitable patterns.

Step Five: Iden­ti­fy strate­gies and tar­get resources to address root caus­es of inequities.
Racial equi­ty strate­gies should be spe­cif­ic, mea­sur­able, attain­able, rel­e­vant and timely.

Step Six: Con­duct a race equi­ty impact assess­ment for all poli­cies and deci­sion making.
A race equi­ty impact assess­ment exam­ines how a pro­posed action or deci­sion will like­ly affect dif­fer­ent racial and eth­nic groups. It’s an invalu­able tool for under­stand­ing the actu­al or antic­i­pat­ed impact of pro­posed poli­cies, insti­tu­tion­al prac­tices, pro­grams, plans and bud­getary decisions.

Step Sev­en: Con­tin­u­ous­ly eval­u­ate effec­tive­ness and adapt strategies.
Orga­ni­za­tions should eval­u­ate equi­ty progress at every turn.

  • Ini­tia­tive: Equi­table Eval­u­a­tion, a part­ner­ship between Luminare Group, Cen­ter for Eval­u­a­tion Inno­va­tion and John­son Cen­ter of Philanthropy

Learn more about oper­a­tional­iz­ing equi­ty in organizations

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