An equitable region, where "all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential" is one featuring a diverse labor force prepared for the region’s knowledge economy; healthy residents and low health care costs; and communities where people of different ages, incomes, races and ethnicities have real options to live, work, learn and play side by side.
We credit King County, Washington with this definition of equity.
MetroFuture, the region's plan for growth through the year 2030, directs us to achieve this vision by
eliminating unfair, preventable, and systematic differences between groups that not only harm individuals and families, but threaten the vibrancy of our region.
The State of Equity Indicators report, funded by the Barr Foundation is the first report in MAPC's Regional Indicators program. This report establishes a baseline for our equity-related indicators and will track the region's progress towards the MetroFuture goals. Click the preview to the right to view the report full-screen. You can also download (due to large file size it's recommended to right-click on the link and choose to download the file directly to your computer):
12-page executive summary (6 MB)(pdf)
Full report: for web viewing (11 MB) (pdf).
Full report: for printing (16 MB) (pdf).
Thanks to the over 200 of you who joined MAPC at the report's formal release at Harvard Law School on December 13, 2011. The event featured remarks by David Harris, Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law, and Mary Skelton-Roberts, Senior Program Officer at the Barr Foundation. Six respondents, including officials from HUD and Governor Patrick’s Administration provided insightful responses to a presentation of the data included in the report. To download a copy of the presentation, click here.
The policy report will be released later in 2011 and will identify key policy and programmatic recommendations to "bend the trends" towards greater regional equity. MAPC will reach out to a wide variety of stakeholders in translating our data findings to policy; stay in touch to learn more. Click here to view the MetroFuture equity-related recommendations for policy and program change.