ISLG has developed indicators to measure progress toward achieving greater equality in New York City over time. The framework development and baseline data collection were supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, along with city funding for community engagement. While the Equality Indicators currently measures equality in NYC, ISLG plans to expand the project to measure conditions in other cities both in the United States and internationally. Download the brochure
Equality Indicators FAQ
1.) What makes ISLG’s Equality Indicators different from otherIndicator Projects?
Almost all academic work around measuring inequality looks at it from a global or national level. But we were more interested in looking at how inequality plays out in its various forms at the city level. These indicators compare most and least disadvantaged groups. They also employ a unique scoring approach for aggregating findings and for tracking change over time.
2.) How can it be applied in a real-world context?
It serves as a tool for policymakers and communities alike. Policymakers can develop realistic targets and specific interventions for reducing inequalities at the local and neighborhood level based on the data. It can also help identify priorities for funding, resources, and programs in areas with the greatest or worsening inequalities.
Communities themselves can also use it. Since these indicators are built with community input, it becomes an accessible way for communities to hold government officials, at local, state, and national levels, more accountable for providing equal opportunities for everyone.
3.) What is the definition of “Equality” for this indicator project based off of?
Our thinking of Equality is largely informed by non-discrimination clauses embedded in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Drawing on this declaration, “equality” is defined as follows:
“Everyone has the same economic, educational, health, housing, justice, and service outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, single parenthood, age, immigration status, place of residence and other characteristics.”
4.) Have other cities, states, or countries been able to successfully advocate change as a result of indicator tools?
Yes. One of the best examples is in the U.K. where Equality Indicators like the ones ISLG has developed are used to establish government agencies based on a cross-agency approach to human rights and equity. The U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Government Equalities Office (GEO) are two examples. They are charged with monitoring and evaluating the progress towards equality and human rights, taking account of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, and religion or belief.
5.) Can the Equality Indicators framework be applied to cities other than New York?
Yes. The intent of the project is to develop a replicable framework that can be applied to cities both in the U.S. and internationally.
Learn more at equalityindicators.org.