2018 Equality Indicators Conference

Leaders from Dallas, New York City, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis,
and Tulsa Will Discuss Using Data to Make Progress Toward Equality/Equity

On Friday, September 7, the Equality Indicators project, of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG), will host the 2018 Equality Indicators Conference. The full-day conference will feature speakers from Dallas, New York City, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Tulsa; all six cities have developed tools to measure progress toward equality/equity and will present their findings at the conference, alongside discussion of the innovative ways they are working to effect change. William C. Thompson, Jr., the chairperson of the board of trustees of the City University of New York, will deliver the keynote address, while Otis Rolley, managing director at 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), will discuss the role of equity in developing resilient cities.

ISLG developed the Equality Indicators project in 2014. The project aims to help cities advance policies and practices to reduce disparities in their areas of greatest concern (e.g., economy, education, health) and increase transparency and accountability around efforts to promote equality. Each city worked closely with community partners and with input from a wide range of stakeholders to develop a robust, tailored tool to measure and track their progress toward greater equality or equity. The tools are based on local data across specific sectors (e.g., economic opportunity, public health) and measure disparities and track changes over time. They provide key metrics that leaders and decision-makers can use to craft more effective policy for their communities.

  • The City of Dallas’s Equity Indicators tool examined 72 indicators within the areas of economic opportunity, education, housing and neighborhoods, justice and government, public health, and transportation and infrastructure.
  • New York City’s Equality Indicators tool includes 96 indicators across the areas of economy, education, health, housing, justice, and services.
  • The Oakland Equity Indicators tool includes 72 indicators across six themes: economy, education, public health, housing, public safety, and neighborhood and civic life.
  • The City of Pittsburgh’s Equity Indicators tool analyzed 80 indicators across four domains: health, food, and safety; education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship; housing, transportation, infrastructure, and environment; and civic engagement and communications.
  • The St. Louis Equity Indicators tool measures 72 indicators across three themes that reflect the priorities of the Ferguson Commission Report: youth at the center, opportunity to thrive, and justice for all.
  • Tulsa’s Equality Indicators tool focuses on 54 indicators across six priority areas: economic opportunity, education, housing, justice, public health, and services.

The conference will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, September 7 from 9am to 5pm. RSVP and view the full agenda online.

About the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

The Equality Indicators is a project of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG). ISLG is a nonpartisan research and policy institute within the City University of New York (CUNY). The Institute’s mission is to work with government and non-government organizations to improve systems to produce better results worthy of public investment and trust. We aim to advance data-driven approaches that influence policy and operations and that support work in diverse communities. In short, we help government—and organizations connected to it—do better. We focus on working with cities and states because they are ideal laboratories for developing new approaches to longstanding social problems, and are ripe with opportunities and momentum for real, sustainable change. For more information, please visit equalityindicators.org and islg.cuny.edu.