Operationalizing Equity

Acting on a commitment to center equity takes thoughtfulness and intentionality. When we rush to act, we can trigger unintentional consequences — or even exacerbate disparity. When working to center equity, it is important to develop and work from a purposeful framework.

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Moving Toward Action: Strategies for State Advocates to Operationalize Racial Equity Principles

The Alliance for Early Success — On Juneteenth of 2020, we dedicated our National Issues>State Action call to operationalizing equity in state early childhood advocacy. The presentation included speakers from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Black Child Development Institute, and the Education Civil Rights Alliance. Click to see the recording or read a summary. (Alliance funded) (June 2020)

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Racial Equity Framework and Checklist

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — This guide is designed to assist researchers in carrying out their work with a full-fledged racial equity lens. Specifically, this guide is designed to ensure that research products take a racial equity lens into account and to help analysts consider racial equity at every step of the research and paper-writing process. (December 2018)

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Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) — These racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. Use of the racial equity tool in government can help to develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and improve success for all groups. (December 2016)

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Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization

Annie E. Casey Foundation — The key way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. The seven steps in this guide provide a clear framework for organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers, and communities. (January 2015)

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Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) — NBCDI's State of the Black Child initiative can help advocates challenge the prevailing discourse about black children — one which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not draw upon the considerable strengths, assets, and resilience demonstrated by black children, families, and communities. Includes several state-specific reports. (Alliance funded) (October 2014)

“Too often, policies and programs are developed and implemented without thoughtful consideration of racial equity. When racial equity is not explicitly brought into operations and decision-making, racial inequities are likely to be perpetuated. Racial equity tools provide a structure for institutionalizing the consideration of racial equity.”

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