Advancing Measurement of Social Equity

Equity and Social Justice have long been important social and academic areas of passion and intellectual discourse. With social equity issues advancing in the public policy arena, ASPA and CAP were interested in promoting the understanding of appropriate community-level indicators and policy and program-level performance measures to advance discussion, thinking, and action. Under the leadership of Michael Jacobson, the Deputy Director for Performance and Strategy of King County, WA, and the CAP Chair at the time — and in collaboration with the National Academy of Public Administration’s Social Equity in Governance standing panel — CAP chartered this project to identify promising approaches for measuring and advancing the measurement of social equity. The project was designed to capture the current state-of-the-art on social equity performance measurement. Two teams of CAP Fellows were selected and their resulting papers are presented below:

Report: Linking Social Equity and Performance Measurement: A Practitioner’s Roadmap
Samantha June Larson, Benoy Jacob, and Eric Butz
University of Colorado – Denver | School of Public Affairs | March 2017

Report: Moving from Theory to Practice: An Evaluative Assessment of Social Equity Approaches
Brandi Blessett, Ph.D., Rutgers University-Camden
Marc Fudge, Ph.D., California State University – San Bernardino
Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Ph.D., Marist College
June 13, 2017

As an example of current best practices, King County, WA presented the following slide deck as a 90-minute webinar for the Mid-Atlantic StatNet Meeting on October 15, 2018. The county’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) has been involved in setting the tone through leadership, building systems to make equity information and analysis the norm, and sustaining progress via the county’s performance management approach. Working in collaboration with the County Executive’s office and the Office of Equity and Social Justice, PSB has helped fold equity analysis into business planning and budget instructions, gather community indicator and performance data, set expectations for data disaggregation and presentation, and support strategic planning for equity.

MidAtlantic-StatNet-PM-ESJ-web (PowerPoint file)