Equity Metrics

The Equity Metrics program envisions developing research-based methodologies that can enhance our understanding of group-based marginality and structures of opportunity for applied research purposes.

The goals of this program are:

  • To investigate intersection of space and racial/social inequities using available data sources, data analysis methods and GIS technologies;
  • To develop diagnostic tools and other measurement indicators for understanding marginality and "othering"; and,
  • To provide policy recommendations towards improving structures and institutions to reduce marginalities and improve inclusion and opportunities for all.

The Equity Metrics program conducts data-based inquiry and research into issues of inequity and inclusion in our society. Despite our linked fate, communities often segregate human beings into 'us' and 'them', leading to inequities due to this subconscious bias. Income inequality, gender-bias, refugee movement and LGBTQ issues among other biases, and for many marginalized communities, have already manifested in ongoing crises in the world as well as in the U.S. In the U.S., these inequities manifest in an undesirable spatial pattern. Equity Metrics program works on the premise that inequity has a spatial footprint. Thus measuring spatial distribution of marginality and opportunity could help provide solutions to ameliorating these social inequities through policy, debate and advocacy.

This program is engaged in three major overarching projects:

Opportunity Mapping 2.0:

The goal of this project is to assess racial inequity in space, identify institutions and structures that establish or perpetuate inequity in access to opportunity, and provide policy recommendations to remove barriers to opportunity for all.

Inclusiveness Index:

The Haas Institute is developing an Inclusiveness Index that will strive to measure the degree of marginalization experienced by different groups across different societal settings and social cleavages, such as LGBT, race/ethnicity, and religion, and other forms of marginality and stratification. The goal of the Inclusiveness Index initiative is to identify policies, interventions and other levers that have proven effective at ameliorating marginality and promoting inclusivity and equity. The Index is a diagnostic instrument intended to help us pursue that goal by illustrating how different metropolitan regions, states and even countries fare relative to each other in terms of inclusivity and marginality.

Equity Indices Research:

The goal of this project is to develop research that can serve and support the work and projects of the Institute and to help us better understand how the investigators conceptualize equity & well-being and how their index construction models those concepts.