The Evidence for Equity initiative began in 2018 as the result of a symposium focused on the intersection of evidence and equity. This daylong conversation was designed to explore the relationship between evidence and achieving more equitable outcomes while also recognizing often overlooked evidence necessary for advancing equity.
We were thrilled to bring many greater thinkers from the field together to discuss this critical notion of centering equity in the conversation about evidence. From the seeds of that conversation, we are working to spread this important work to a larger field through in-person and digital discussions. It is our hope that using the hashtag #Evidence4Equity will create a digital space to amplify this work—both ours and what is being done in the field by friends and partners—and give us a unifying umbrella under which to house these important changemaking conversations.
Ultimately, we our goal was to set a new standard in the field that:
- Ensures that those most affected by change—community residents, those involved with public systems, others—participate in generating and applying evidence.
- Uses all available sources of credible knowledge to understand the problem to be solved, the context within which it is to be addressed, and to design the solution.
- Maintains a steadfast focus on results for everyone.
- Deploys multiple evaluation methods to gauge the progress of complex initiatives, which often involve policy and systems change and shifts in dominant cultural narratives over many years.
- Harvests learning and evidence from on-going innovation in ways that promote continuous improvement and adaptation of what has worked in the past.