This government-focused review tool shows agency policies and practices that could benefit from a racial bias review. It offers a review process with examples of common policy and practice reforms, their unexpected limitations due to racial bias and how they can be corrected to promote opportunity for all. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute

January 1, 2006

Race Matters Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How to mitigate racial bias when developing public policies and practices.

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    Examples of unintended consequences of racial bias in government policies and practices.

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    When to use a Racial Impact Analysis tool.

Key Takeaway

Unintended racial bias can go undetected in government policies until a racial lens is applied

Almost all public systems – transportation, child welfare, criminal justice, housing – had some racial inequality built into the system. 

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