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Racial Equity Community Outreach Solution Released

Many local communities have developed equity plans, co-created with employees and community partners, that serve as a roadmap for action and change. They serve as a guide for pro-equity policies, planning, services, and work practices that advance equity within a community and address institutional racism to ensure opportunities exist for all constituents. The plans develop goals and outcomes that will result in improvements for all groups, but the strategies are targeted based on the needs of a particular group. Promoting the plans and communicating progress on key initiatives or programs is critical to any pro-equity agenda.

The Racial Equity Community Outreach solution can be used by local governments to communicate progress made on racial equity initiatives or programs to the general public and other interested stakeholders.  The solution includes a series of ArcGIS applications used to communicate key racial equity initiatives or programs, visualize workforce diversity metrics, gauge public sentiment, and share authoritative information about racial equity with the community.

Racial Equity Destination

The Racial Equity Community Outreach solution leverages an ArcGIS Hub site to promote racial equity programs. The site includes a responsive, and accessible, website that serves as a destination for key program areas (for example, Workforce, Government Services, Policing, and Economic Inclusion).

From this destination, community members review key performance metrics, frequently asked questions, partners, and even data used by the community to advance key racial equity programs and initiatives.   When you add an ArcGIS Hub Premium subscription, community members can follow the initiative and get updates about new events scheduled to help the community achieve their goals.

Collect Community Sentiment

As a part of many racial equity efforts, local governments survey the community and measure attitudes toward racial equity issues.  The Racial Equity and Inclusion Community Survey can be used to collect sentiment from the community.  Members of the public can share their thoughts about racial equity in the community, tell the community a little bit about themselves, and identify whether they would like to be contacted for more information.

Monitor Workforce Diversity

While many local governments have made progress advancing workforce equity, work still remains.  To continue making progress, diversity strategies must be supported by data analysis and accountability.  Understanding how representative a workforce might be is fundamental and further analysis to indicate whether certain job duties (for example, police officer, fire fighter, administration, etc.) or wages are differential by race and gender influences policies and practices.

The Workforce Diversity Dashboard can be used by general public to monitor workforce diversity metrics. Visualize key equity metrics for the entire government workforce or a specific department, compare to the makeup of the community, and understand how racial diversity may be improving over a given period of time.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the racial equity solution and how you can quickly deploy the solution on the ArcGIS Solution site.  For questions and feedback, chat with us on GeoNet or contact Esri Support Services.

Finally, Esri is providing several resources to help organizations address racial inequities.  The Racial Equity GIS Hub is the place to access additional resources and to request GIS assistance from Esri.

About the author

Scott is the Manager of the ArcGIS Solutions team and also leads the development of ArcGIS Solutions for State and Local Governments. He has been with Esri since 2008.

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