Fort Collins Equity Indicators Project#
As part of the City’s efforts to advance equitable outcomes for all, leading with race, we have selected the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) to lead our Equity Indicators project and establish a framework for measuring and understanding equality gaps in Fort Collins and how they change over time.
Overview: Equity Indicators#
Equity indicators are one tool local governments can use to measure and track the experiences of equality among community members to more proactively address systems that perpetuate racism and/or oppression.
For this project, data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and other demographic factors will be collected and analyzed by ISLG to examine the lived experience of people in Fort Collins.
ISLG will then work closely with the City and community to develop a set of Equity Indicators that will be used to track progress in reducing key disparities. While the Equity Indicators themselves cannot directly address inequities, they will inform the City’s equity work moving forward, and can help to increase transparency and accountability.
Measuring What Matters#
ISLG will work closely with government and community stakeholders to identify the critical inequity issues that should ideally be included as Equity Indicators and determine if and how they can be measured. Focusing on a set of key measures will help keep attention focused on the issues that matter most, and will help the City to identify priorities for targeted work to reduce disparities.
ISLG, in partnership with the City, will engage stakeholders throughout the project to ensure the data collection, analysis, and indicator development are responsive to the Fort Collins community and the equity work that has already been done. This engagement will include two stages:
- In the first stage, ISLG will gather initial input from government stakeholders and data partners on key inequity issues and disaggregated data sources for a preliminary landscape analysis.
- The second stage will be a robust and inclusive engagement effort, including community listening sessions, an online survey, and other outreach methods, where community members can respond to the preliminary analysis and help to determine which inequity issues will be selected as Equity Indicators.
After the Equity Indicators have been chosen, the City plans to create an external-facing dashboard to enhance accountability and transparency for its equity efforts. Stay tuned!
Work began on the project this summer, with ISLG reaching out to partner institutions and City staff for relevant data sets. This fall, Phase Two begins in which, along with the City, ISLG will be conducting stakeholder engagement in various forms to hear from community and select a set of equity indicators. The project will conclude in December 2020, with the dashboard going live soon after!