Gaps in student achievement are symptoms. Gaps in employment are symptoms. Gaps in housing stability are symptoms. The source of these gaps is historic and modern and systemic and real. They are baked into our policies and institutional practices and create barriers and gaps in opportunities. Dismantling inequitable policies and practices requires new ideas, new methods, and listening to perspectives and lived experiences that have too often been ignored.
An equity review (also called an equity audit) provides systems with clear indicators for how well they are meeting the needs of all their constituents and the ways in which they may unintentionally contribute to existing inequality. We offer a unique approach to administering an equity review as an opportunity to help school systems, governments, public agencies, and nonprofits identify the system's contribution to inequality and the ways in which it can improve these outcomes. The approach rests on four guiding principles: Utilizing a Proprietary Outcome-Led Equity (OLE) Approach, Stakeholder-Led Inquiry, Focus on the Possible, and Findings Accessible to Everyone.