Select Programs and Define the Team
Use a criteria-based approach to begin selecting programs for assessment and, in particular, focus on where within the agency’s portfolio inequity may be prevalent and which programs would most benefit from an equity assessment. When creating the assessment team, consider not only the relevant expertise (e.g. data analysis, stakeholder engagement), but also team members that demonstrate the values of diversity, inclusion and equity, including the important ongoing work of identifying and mitigating personal biases. Where possible, begin engaging citizen experts and other relevant stakeholders as the team is being established. Embed risk identification and continual improvement process to support the long-term success of the equity assessment process. For example, start building a risk log, including identified risks and mitigations, at the beginning of the process and continue to maintain the log throughout the assessment.