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Metro is committed to advancing equity across the agency and creating a vibrant and sustainable region for all.
Metro is in the process of developing an Equity Baseline for each of the region's six desired outcomes – the first step in shaping an agency-specific strategy for advancing equity.
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In 2010, the Metro Council adopted equity as one of the region’s six desired outcomes and in 2011 initiated the development of an organizing framework to help Metro consistently incorporate equity into policy and decision-making. To be successful in this effort, any strategy that Metro considers needs to have community support that evolves through sustained and committed partnership.
Given the scale of effort needed to strategically move Metro’s equity work forward, staff designed a three-phase approach to developing an equity framework for Metro.
The Equity Inventory Report completed in 2012, provides a snapshot of how Metro intentionally incorporates equity considerations into agency activities.
The report identified four areas for improvement:
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The strategy will build on understanding community needs to explicitly define how the agency will work to advance equity. This will be accomplished by first understanding how communities experience the region’s outcomes today through the development of an Equity Baseline.
After better understanding how different communities and populations experience these outcomes, Metro will work to evaluate the agency’s role in addressing disparities. Metro may identify inequities or disparities that are outside of the agency’s authority. In some cases, these issues may fall outside the scope of this strategy. In others, Metro may look for opportunities for the agency to advance equity within the region’s outcomes.
This effort will also focus on the development of new partnerships with underserved communities. These partnerships are critical to ensuring that Metro’s strategy addresses the needs of underserved communities across the region.
The Equity Strategy Program will:
Once an equity strategy is chosen, implementing this strategy will ensure that Metro leadership and staff consistently consider equity at the beginning phase of program, policy and project development, making sure that equity considerations become actionable by staff and measurable during evaluation.
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