City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Report details strengths, areas to be improved
The Equity Office today released a report on equity in City programs and services.
The report was prepared in conjunction with the Center for Place-Based Initiatives (CPBI) at the Dell Medical School. It details areas of Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat.
One particular area of strength for departments was inclusionary recruitment and hiring practice. Several departments made intentional use of multi-ethnic chambers of commerce and commissions to identify candidates, while others distributed job opportunities on social media to increase reach.
The biggest area of weakness was in the consistency of data collection. No department had disaggregated data on contractors, clients, and community engagement participants. Without these data, departments are unable to say who they are serving and where the gaps in service exist. Addressing this weakness is a priority for the Equity Office.
The Equity Assessment Tool was co-created by the Equity Office with Communities of Color United over a 6-month process in 2016. The Office is now administering a refined version of the Tool on a second cohort of departments, with a report expected by the end of the year.
The 8 departments to pilot the Assessment Tool were Economic Development, Austin Public Health, Austin Water, Human Resources, Libraries, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Transportation.
The full report and Memo from Chief Equity Officer Brion Oaks can be found at this link: click here.