Are you looking for
concrete steps your organization can take to promote equity
in the community?
All organizations have internal policies, routines, practices, and operations that guide their work.
Unfortunately, some of these policies and practices often (unintentionally) reinforce inequitable opportunities for local community members. For example:
- multi-step enrollment processes disadvantage people with limited phone minutes
- criminal background checks disadvantage people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, which disproportionately impact men of color.
- eligibility policies requiring a home address disadvantage homeless individuals
Organizational Equity Assessment tools can help organizations better understand to what extent their current policies and practices promote equity. Organizations can then use the assessment results to guide improvement efforts.
Example Organizational Equity Self-Assessment Questions
To what extent does your organization…
- Continually communicate a commitment to promoting equity in all phases of the work?
- Track and prioritize specific outcomes related to reducing inequities?
- Ensure staff and leaders are reflective of the local populations served across all organizational units?
- Regularly assess how current programs, budget decisions, engagement practices, and policies promote equity or perpetuate inequities?