What We Do
At Equity Matters, we seek to bring about a local and national paradigm shift about the need for that will be reflected and codified in public policy and private practice.
As part of our process we train community and policy leaders to develop problem-solving strategies for situations that are often seen as intractable or marginally-served. We conduct, participate in, and support the dissemination of research, both of our work and others within our network. We do this through engaging them in research-supported approaches to greater equity in system solutions, and we re-focus their efforts on how the evidence suggests improving multiple outcomes can be achieved via specific policy action, exposure training, and collaborations.
As facilitators, we try to expose average community members to opportunities for greater equity by sharing specific models, policies, and projects that they can use directly and in partnership with community groups. Some examples include:
- Health in all policy
- Equity impact assessments
- Regional integration of transportation
- Innovative public and private financing
- Affordable inclusionary housing development
- Green Job opportunities
- Education reform and supports
We question the research and evidence basis of existing approaches, and seek to have policy debates to discuss and analyze their efficacy. We facilitate conversations between parties that may not seem to have a natural alliance, but whose collaboration may be of great benefit to the community. We also share with our community members informational toolkits, models, best and most promising practices, as well as connect peer-to-peer leaders from outside and within our community. Ultimately, we envision that change to both public policy and private perception about the need for equity will occur through conducting and sharing research, evidence, paradigms and approaches.