NEW YORK – The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) has launched a comprehensive research endeavor looking at how those most likely to experience inequalities fare across 96 measures related to economy, education, health, housing, justice, and services over time. The project, Equality Indicators, examines the extent of inequalities faced by various disadvantaged groups including children, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, individuals involved in the justice system, racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, non-traditional families, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.
Relying on diverse data source such as administrative data and public survey data, common metrics are applied to score findings for a given year and over time on a scale from 1 (greatest inequality) to 100 (greatest equality). The primary purpose of the indicators is to track change over time.
More than 100 NYC community groups and individuals participated in a series of workshops leading to the release of this research. The work was also informed by similar efforts such as the Boston Indicators Project, the U.N. Rule of Law Indicators, and the Gender Gap Index. NYC government agencies provided data and funding for community engagement. The Rockefeller Foundation supported the development of the indicators and the baseline data collection.
On October 1, ISLG will be releasing its inaugural report based on the findings from NYC, with the ambition to expand this work to other cities and regions in the US and internationally.A new website, http://www.equalityindicators.org, is now live. Visit it to download the Equality Indicators brochure or our list of indicators, and come back on October 1 to review the 2015 findings for NYC.