Tools

March 8, 2022

Step-by-step toolkit for narrative change, messaging and strategic comms for social justice movements. Includes worksheets and learnings from the immigrant movement.

February 18, 2022

This guide introduces multiple actions that can strengthen and grow the influence of our public institutions, so they serve their highest purpose.

February 2, 2022

This guide describes the components of a racial equity approach and walks practitioners and leaders in the federal government through key actions and the challenges they will face implementing racial equity strategies.

January 20, 2022

Advancing Equity in Year 2 of the Biden Administration is a guide to build the knowledge, skills, and mindsets required for racial equity throughout the federal government as follow up to the Biden Administration’s 2021 executive actions.

September 14, 2021

A guide to racial equity practices within your community-government collaboration for sustainability and renewable energy policies and programs.

April 27, 2021

This set of tools that emerged from Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab to help artists, arts advocates, culture bearers, and cultural workers to imagine, plan, and implement racial equity strategies in arts organizations.

November 7, 2020

Race Forward is organizing in communities, governments, the arts and culture sector, education, and everywhere racial justice work is done to undo Trump’s Executive Order banning racial justice work. Join us now in fighting to end it!

August 6, 2020

At a time when our country faces multiple threats our major political parties are developing their policy platforms in the lead up to the 2020 presidential elections. Regardless of issue or challenge, we have a deep and enduring need to be united in order to confront what is to come. Yet, our policy landscape is rife with racial inequities, and as such fails to create structures that would ensure the well-being of all our people.

We the undersigned call for racial equity to be a key principle across all of the issue areas and every policy in these platforms.

February 12, 2019

The Racial Equity Implementation guide provides a simple, accessible, and easy-to-read tool to foster conversations that can help food hubs to deepen their racial equity practices.

January 3, 2019

This assessment is a guide for workforce development organizations and practitioners to evaluate their programs, operations, and culture in order to identify strength areas and growth opportunities.

November 1, 2017

This Racial Equity Toolkit provides restaurant management with practical resources for assessing, planning, and implementing steps toward racial equity at your business. There is no step too small: every action you take helps your business thrive and fosters stronger local relationships with your workers and consumers.

December 1, 2016

The 2016 U.S. election results unleashed a wave of shock, fear, disillusionment, anger, and deep motivation, among other emotions, for many advocates and supporters of the racial justice movement. The early stages of the immense work that lies ahead has already begun — from providing support and preparing protection for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, to monitoring policy signs from the forthcoming administration, to driving solutions at the local level.

June 20, 2015

Race still plays a defining role in a person’s life trajectory, experiences, and outcomes. Shifting demographics make even more urgent our need to speak openly about racial bias and inequity, and their deep roots in our history, culture and institutions. However, when race enters our public conversations about important national issues, the dialogue is too often dehumanizing and racially charged. It too often focuses exclusively on racism at the level of the individual, dismisses systemic racism, or refers to racism in the past tense.

April 16, 2014
Watch a brief video of a success story where community-based organizations worked with their school district to predict and prevent racial disparities in schools.
September 23, 2013
We launched the Drop the I-Word campaign in September 2010 to eliminate use of the dehumanizing slur “illegal” to describe immigrants. By Spring 2013, the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other news outlets dropped the i-word, affecting millions of readers daily nationwide.
March 31, 2009
Download PDF of the full toolkit: Overview: what are Racial Equity impact assessments? A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences in a variety of contexts, including the analysis of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The REIA can be a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities.
February 3, 2009
Download PDF of the Toolkit: Economic policies and public spending and revenue decisions have enormous impacts—positive and negative—on different racial and ethnic groups. A Racial Equity Impact Assessment is a conscious and careful analysis of the effects of public decisions on different racial and ethnic groups. Conducting a Racial Equity Impact Assessment is a useful tool for assessing the actual or anticipated effects of public policies and budgets in order to identify ways to maximize equity and inclusion and minimize adverse and unanticipated impacts.
November 8, 2008
compact_100days.jpgListen to the bi-weekly series of conference calls hosted by the Applied Research Center. 
March 26, 2008
Analysts and activists come together to discuss the relationship between public policy decisions and racial justice. Download the discussion guide [PDF] that accompanies the video.