Equity Impact Assessment Tool

The Equity Impact Assessment Tool consists of the questions below which form core considerations needed in reviewing policies, procedures and decisions with an equity lens.

  1. (For new policies) Have WSU community members from communities that have experienced systemic racism and institutional discrimination been intentionally involved in the process of drafting this policy, practice or decision? If not, who else should be involved in the development process?
  2. (For revision of existing policies) Were WSU community members from communities that have experienced systemic racism and institutional discrimination intentionally involved in the process of reviewing this policy, practice or decision? If not, who should be involved in the revision process?
  3. What are the intended outcomes of the policy, practice or decision?
  4. What are the potential impacts of this policy, practice or decision on those who have experienced systemic racism and institutionalized discrimination?
    • How might this policy have a disproportionate impact, negatively or positively, on those who have experienced systemic racism and institutionalized discrimination?
    • How does this policy, practice or decision perpetuate or help to dismantle historical or other barriers to equity?
  5. If this policy, practice or decision has the potential to ignore or worsen existing disparities or produce other unintended consequences, should this policy be enacted? If so, what mitigation should be planned?
  6. What accountability, infrastructure and resources are required to implement the policy?
  7. What is the plan to evaluate and monitor the policy, practice or decision to ensure equity in the short- and long-term?

Process, product and practice of equity

The Equity Impact Assessment Tool facilitates the process, product and practice of equity.

  • As a process, enacting equity illuminates ways in which individuals are privileged within a system of institutional and structural oppression.
  • As a product, equity results from a dissolution of oppressive institutional structures within any system, leading to a balance of opportunity and outcomes for all.
  • Equity is practiced when individuals and institutions regularly call attention to systemic oppression and racial inequities, take institutional responsibility to dismantle these inequities, and commit to change agency to advance equity across institutional policies.

The Equity Impact Assessment Tool assists in:

  • Recognizing and addressing how the institution may advance or impede efforts to become more equitable.
  • Becoming more action-oriented to eradicate disparities resulting from forms of systemic oppression, including racism.
  • Realizing equity efforts by first identifying and addressing barriers that disproportionately impact historically underrepresented and excluded groups.
  • Engaging in crucial conversation and intergroup dialogue about equity, justice, inclusion and belonging.
  • Empowering every campus community member, cabinet, council, unit and department at WSU Vancouver and across all WSU campuses to use the Equity Impact Assessment Tool to infuse equity and dismantle systemic inequities throughout campus, the WSU system and institutional fabric.
  • Sharing language, authentic exchange and formalized protocol for evaluating decisions, policies, processes, programs and practices for equity.
  • Making more equitable decisions, policies, processes and practices.