Racial Equity: Getting to Results

Racial Equity: Getting to Results connects a racial equity lens to the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) methodology to help empower jurisdictions to make good decisions and advance racial equity. An anti-racist, racial equity-focused RBA starts with the desired end results and works backwards towards the “how” to ensure that Racial Equity Action Plans move toward community results with stakeholder-driven implementation.

Currently across the country, regardless of region, racial inequities exist across every indicator for success—including health, criminal justice, education, jobs, housing, and beyond. We know these inequities are incongruent with our aspirations. The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a joint project of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley and Center for Social Inclusion, recognizes that we can and must do better.

We know that government has a key role in advancing racial equity, and therefore are modeling at the local level how it is truly possible for government to advance racial equity and to develop into an inclusive and effective democracy. We know change is possible with intentionality and focus. We must recognize that from the inception of our country, government at the local, regional, state, and federal level has played a role in creating and maintaining racial inequities. Though we’ve made many strides toward racial equity, policies and practices have created and still create disparate results—even if the intention to discriminate is not present. Despite progress in addressing explicit discrimination, racial inequities continue to be deep, pervasive, and persistent across the country. We are at a critical juncture with an exciting new role for government—to proactively work for racial equity.

Our goal goes beyond closing the gaps; we must improve overall outcomes by focusing efforts on those who are faring the worst. Deeply racialized systems are costly for us collectively and depress outcomes and life chances for communities of color. To advance racial equity, government must focus not only on individual programs, but also on policy and institutional strategies that create and maintain inequities. GARE uses a six-part strategic approach geared to address all levels of institutional change