Track performance of equity outcomes for impact

This solution addresses lack of performance tracking for key outcomes in New York City, USA for local communities

Problem Description

New York City does not have a consistent and centralized way to ensure physical interventions—such as those called for by OneNYC—have an impact on all residents in an equitable way. Collecting data at a population-wide level, rather than disaggregating it, can mask deep problems and deprive the City of the ability to identify when initiatives may have unintentionally disparate impacts on certain communities. For example, tracking marijuana arrests by race allowed the City to see that African-American and Latino New Yorkers were being arrested at far higher rates than white New Yorkers even though research has shown that, across racial groups, people use marijuana at roughly similar rates. This led to policy reform.

Building Blocks

Story

Going forward, the City will systematically track metrics on opportunity, progress, and livability across all of New York City’s traditionally disadvantaged groups. We will establish a cross-agency group to oversee the collection, analysis, and internal reporting of the data at the agency level. The City will use this data to support agencies in making decisions around OneNYC and other initiatives designed to better support equitable outcomes.

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Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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