The Opportunity Atlas (Census Bureau, Harvard & Brown Universities): 

This geospatial tool allows users to analyze a variety of social and economic indicators across a variety of demographic cross-sections, such as income, race, and gender. Users can analyze down to the neighborhood level to understand which geographies provide the most opportunities to their residents. 

Spatial Equity Data Tool (Urban Institute): 

This tool allows users to measure disparities across states, cities, counties, and nationally. The tool currently allows users to evaluate trends through uploading data as a .csv file and provides several sample datasets. Sample datasets include: national trends of access to libraries and electric vehicle charging stations; state-level trends of substance abuse and mental health facilities, and low-income housing projects; county-level data on playgrounds and polling places; and city-level data on public Wi-Fi, 311 requests, and bike share stations.  

Spatial Mapping Data Tools and Datasets (ESRI): 

This evolving library of equity resources provides a wide variety of health, racial, economic and economic equity spatial maps that can be used to measure disparities across the United States. Examples of explorable mapped data are Black children in poverty by the county-level, median earnings by employed adult, immigration statistics and others.

NEW Meeting a Milestone of President Biden’s Whole-of-Government Equity Agenda, Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young (Office of Management & Budget, 2021):

An Office of Management of Budget (OMB) blog post about its report (below) to the President on a study of methods for assessing how government practices create or exacerbate barriers to full and equal participation by all eligible individuals. 

NEW Study to Identify Methods to Assess Equity: Report to the President (Office of Management & Budget, 2021):

This 2021 OMB report is based on the agency’s study of methods for assessing how government practices create or exacerbate barriers to full and equal participation by all eligible individuals. A key finding is the requirement of long-term change management, attention to culture, and a dedicated strategy for sustainability in order to advance equity. The report also has a section reviewing assessment frameworks and tools developed to assess equity.

National Equity Atlas (PolicyLink and USC Equity Research Institute):

Provides metrics and indicators that can support communities in measuring inclusive prosperity. The indicators are designed to track change over time, are comparable across geographies, and are disaggregated by race and other demographics as much as possible.

Creating Equity Through Data-Driving Systems Thinking (MITRE, 2020):

MITRE’s social Justice Platform provides a foundation to explore solutions to change the course of disparities due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, education, or ability.