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Data for Equity

Leveraging identity data as a tool for advancing equity and justice


What We Work For

The goal of this project is to share best practices for collecting data about race, ethnicity, and other demographic information including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE); national origin; language spoken; disability; religion; and tribal affiliation in child welfare agencies nationwide.

Accurate and nuanced data collection is an important step in developing targeted strategies to reduce disparities and ensure young people and families are affirmed in their identities and are served in ways that best meet their needs. The resources on this page provide guidance for equitable data practice for how caseworkers and service providers can ask families and young people about their racial and ethnic identities in more accurate, inclusive, and affirming ways, and how system leaders and data administrators can better report and incorporate that information to support them.

This project was co-designed and implemented in partnership with a parent and a young person with lived experience with the child welfare system.

All of the resources were developed with significant input from young people with lived experience in foster care, parents, and caregivers with lived experience with the child welfare system, caseworkers, and data administrators. Their perspectives and experiences were invaluable to identifying gaps in policy and practice and guiding the development of the resources.  An infographic describing our methodology and findings can be found here.

Lisa Mishraky-Javier, Senior Associate, CSSP

Lisa Mishraky-Javier
Senior Associate, CSSP

lisa.mishrakyjavier@cssp.org

 

 

 

 

Ali Jawetz Senior Policy Analyst, CSSP

Ali Jawetz
Senior Policy Analyst, CSSP

ali.jawetz@cssp.org

 

 

 

 

Michelle Chan, Founder and Director, California Families Rise

Barbara Alcena
Social Worker

barb.alcena@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Barbara Alcena, Social Worker

Michelle Chan
Founder and Director,
California Families Rise

michellechan2019@gmail.com

Our Identities Ourselves Literature Review

An Anti-Racist Review on Collecting Accurate Data on Race and Ethnicity
This literature review provides a synthesis of the research on best practices for collecting, analyzing and using comprehensive demographic data within child welfare systems. 

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Our Identities, Ourselves Frontline Workers Final

A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers and Other Frontline Staff
This guide serves as a tool for case workers and frontline staff in collecting demographic data from young people and families. It includes best practices for data collection, a sample script and a list of questions to engage young people and families in discussions about their identities.

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Poster Our Identities, Ourselves A Guide To Anti Racist Data Collection For Case Workers And Other Frontline StaffA Poster Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers and Other Frontline Staff 

This one-page, printable poster provide at-a-glance tips for collecting data, talking with youth and families, and starting conversations, highlighting the most salient information in A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers. Note: printable size is 11″ x 17″.

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Our Identities, Ourselves Guide For System Administrators Final A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for: System Leaders and Data Administrators
This guide offers guiding principles and best practices for applying a anti-racist and equity focused lens to data collection, analysis, usage and reporting within child welfare systems.

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Know Your Rights Guide

Our Identities, Ourselves: Rights Guide for Young People and Families
This guide serves as a tool for young people and families in understanding their rights when asked questions about their identities. It also includes responses to common questions asked by young people and families related to data collection and usage.

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