Tools to anchor your equity workTools can help build new habits

I think racial equity work consists of two parts: courage and technical skills. This page deals with the latter. I’d like to share the tools that I use most often in my work with clients. I work primarily with the tools from the Race Matters Toolkit and have for a number of years. This set of tools is concise and user-friendly. One of the keys to sustaining race equity work is to systematically change habits. Tools can help operationalize new habits and change behaviors in meaningful ways.

Racial Equity Impact Analysis ToolUse for analysis

A “5 Question tool” that can be used with any policy, practice, strategy or protocol. I recommend that organizations start with this tool in one area and expand its use outward. Like any new tool or app, proficiency with the tool takes time. It’s a lot like building up muscle memory or getting used to an update to software that you regularly use. This tool requires two (2) sources — your own knowledge and experiences and where needed research with a racial point of view.

Getting started with doing a racial equity impact analysisGuidance by Dr. Joanna Shoffner Scott

What's Race Got to Do With It?Use for data analysis

A powerful “4 Question Tool” that connects root causes with disaggregated data. These connections are critically important for creating a shared understanding of the racial gaps (inequities) that their work addresses. I recommend this tool for any organization whose work includes confronting any from of racial inequity — so that’s everybody! The tool can also create a structural narrative for disaggregated data. The output from this analysis is called a “backmap”, which is similar to a logic model.

Getting started with unpacking root causesGuidance by Dr. Joanna Shoffner Scott

How To Talk About RaceUse for equity -centered communications

This tool is most helpful when putting together any form of written or verbal communication when you are including a racial analysis or using disaggregated data. This tool comes to life when used in conjunction with the Racial Equity Impact Analysis tool and the What’s Race Got to Do With It? tool from the Race Matters Toolkit. When used alone, it is helpful guidance for structuring a productive, equity-centered communication.

Getting started with verbal and written communicationsGuidance by Dr. Joanna Shoffner Scott