This section includes data sources that are useful for analyzing race and ethnicity in youth impact assessments. It also includes examples of racial equity impact assessments as well as youth impact assessments that emphasize racial equity.
Racial Equity Data
Good data is essential to understanding how policies affect children. For example, if children of color have poorer educational outcomes than other children or are more likely to live in unsafe housing, then we know that certain policies and/or budgets are not working well for young people of color.
In addition to frequently-used data sources—such as the U.S. Census and data sets produced by states and cities—the following data sources are especially useful for analyzing current conditions for children and youth by race and ethnicity.
- Diversity Data Kids, including Child Opportunity Index 2.0
- National Equity Atlas, including the Racial Equity Index
- The Opportunity Atlas
Racial Equity Impact Assessments
A racial impact assessment (sometimes called a racial equity impact statement) is a tool for policymakers and other decision-makers to evaluate how a proposed policy or budget decision will likely affect different racial and ethnic groups. This section provides tools and examples.
Included in Kids Impact Initiative’s sample child/youth impact assessment form are several questions that explore the impact of proposed policies on children and youth who are Black, Latinx, Asian American, and/or Indigenous or identify with other racial or ethnic groups.
Other Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tools
- Racial Equity Impact Assessment by Race Forward
- Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Economic Policies and Budgets by Race Forward
- Tools for Thought: Using Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Effective Policymaking by the Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Sample Racial Impact Assessment Questions by the Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Racial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs and Budget Issues by Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative
- Putting Race Back on the Table: Racial Impact Statements by the Shriver Center
- Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Guide by The Annie E. Casey
Racial Equity Impact Assessments in Action
- Austin, Texas: City of Austin Equity Office Equity Assessment 2019: Analysis of Department Responses to the Equity Assessment Tool
- Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: Racial Equity Budget Tool
- Minneapolis, Minnesota: Using a Racial Equity Impact Assessment in the Minneapolis Public Schools
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Racial Equity Questions in the City Budget
- Washington, DC: Racial Equity Impact Assessments
- Racial Impact Statements
- Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Guide
Impact Assessments that Center Youth & Racial Equity
- Minnesota: Using Impact Assessments to Determine the Effects of Child Welfare Office’s Plans on Youth of Color
- Greenville, South Carolina: A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Park, Trail, and Green Space Planning in the West Side of Greenville, South Carolina identifies the effects on children of effects on Children of color of a proposal to expand parks, trails, and green space