Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Economic Policies and Budgets

On November 6, 2013 Applied Research Center (ARC) was rebranded as Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The content on this page was published on the ARC website prior to the rebrand.

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.

Attachments:
A. Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide for Economic Policies and
Public Budgets: This guide includes a list of helpful questions to
consider when conducting a racial impact assessment on existing or
proposed economic policies or public budgets.

B. Advocating for Racial Equity in Economic Policies and Public
Budgets: Examples & Resources: This list provides research,
recommendations, findings and frames by a dozen organizations engaged
in the public debate around the federal economic recovery and stimulus
policies, state budgets, and the subprime lending crisis. Many include
links to action options.