By The Numbers: A Race for Results Case Study

Using Disaggregated Data to Inform Policies, Practices and Decision-making

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

March 20, 2016

Summary

This publication is the second installment in the Race for Results case study series. It features an inside look at how the W. Haywood Burns Institute and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Social Policy use disaggregated data on race and ethnicity to improve the lives of children and communities. These examples illustrate why the collection, analysis and use of race and ethnicity data should be an integral part of any strategy, initiative or legislative agenda affecting children, families and communities.

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Key Takeaway

Disaggregating data by race and ethnicity improves outcomes for children and communities of color

Typically, public institutions and systems report data on whole populations. However, greater access to and breakdown of racial data helps to underscore racial trends and disparities more clearly and will provide greater accountability in policymaking.

Findings & Stats

Uncovering the Truth

Disaggregating data by race found that Latina youth were 46% of the Ventura County, CA, population, but made up 70% of detention center admissions. 

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