Racial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Racial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues

City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative

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When to Use It
Things to Consider
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Practices Addressed

Go directly to this resource: Racial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues (PDF)

This toolkit is a guide for public sector employees to evaluate programs, policies, initiatives, and budget decisions with an equity lens. It poses a series of questions to be answered through six steps: setting outcomes; involving stakeholders and analyzing data; determining benefit and/or burden; advancing opportunity or minimizing harm; evaluating impacts, raising awareness, and being accountable; and reporting back to department leadership.

In addition to the main seven-page toolkit, there is a one-page introduction and a two-page document with step-by-step instructions.

When to Use

The toolkit is designed to be implemented early: before a program, policy, or initiative is implemented, or before a budgetary decision is made.

Things to Consider

This toolkit was designed as part of a larger initiative in Seattle and in some places connects back to specific goals and objectives determined by the City. It could be easily adapted for local use. For example, the last page includes a list of local data sources for the city of Seattle. Users would need to identify local data sources for their area. The first step, which pertains to setting desired outcomes, would also need to be developed based on local needs.

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Practices Addressed by This Resource

Img   Align programs, resources with organization commitment to health equity
Img   Work at the policy level to advance health equity