The Equity Indicators tool will enable the development of more data-driven policy aimed at addressing the city’s systemic inequities
The US city of Pittsburgh has released the first annual report of the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators as a baseline measure for addressing inequity and inequality in the city.
The report comprises a set of 80 measures that highlight disparities by race, gender, or income in four domains: health, food and safety; education, workforce development and entrepreneurship; housing, transportation, infrastructure and environment; and civic engagement and communications.
Published as part of the city’s OnePGH Resilience Strategy, it pinpoints the problem areas in which Pittsburgh’s residents of different races, genders and incomes experience vastly different health, social, and economic outcomes and access to resources and opportunities.
“Ensuring equity for all is one of the city’s greatest priorities, and we are taking a data-driven approach to identify where the inequality is most pronounced, and then invest in eliminating it,” said Mayor William Peduto.
“We’ll be working with the Forbes Funds to use the Equity Indicators report and do independent third-party evaluations to ensure that we and our partners are delivering services effectively and equitably city-wide.”
The Department of City Planning and the Rand Corporation developed the tool in partnership with the Cuny Institute for State and Local Governance and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
ISLG developed a pilot Equality Indicators tool for New York City, which has measured the city’s progress toward greater equality for the past three years across several areas including economy, education, health, housing, justice, and services.
Pittsburgh was one of five cities selected to participate in this initiative after submitting an application stating its commitment and describing its efforts thus far to improve equality or equity across the city. Principle among these is OnePGH its citywide Resilience Strategy, which dedicates about one-quarter of its initiatives to creating equal opportunity for all residents.
Overall, Pittsburgh’s 2017 indicators paint a picture of a city with substantial room for improvement. These indicators, and the underlying metrics and data sources used to support them, will serve as a tool to track the city’s progress over time towards improved opportunities and outcomes for all city residents.
Additionally, this process will be repeated using 2018 data to evaluate year to year changes.
The city will be working with 100RC and CUNY ISLG this autumn to host workshops with key stakeholders to dig into the most troubling indicators and identify opportunities for action.
“The Equity Indicators tool developed by the city of Pittsburgh and Rand Corporation will enable the development of more data-driven policy aimed at addressing systemic inequities in Pittsburgh,” added Michael Jacobson, executive director. ISLG.
“The tool builds on the city’s OnePGH Resilience Strategy by transparently measuring the city’s progress toward achieving more equitable outcomes for its residents.”
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