Equitable Recovery Assessment Toolkit

How To, Guide, or Manual October 29, 2021 Community Development + Housing, Community Health, Economic Development, Equity, The Network, Workforce Development

In Summer 2020, the National Resource Network launched the Equitable Recovery Assessment Pilot to examine responses to the deep and disparate challenges facing cities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment pilot built on the Network’s cross-disciplinary expertise on housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, financial management, and education. As our country reopens and looks towards equitable recovery, community leaders must address the opportunities and challenges revealed by the pandemic and strategize a path forward the responds to the significant need.

Throughout the assessment pilot, the Network refined the Equitable Recovery Assessment approach has been designed to help cities and community partners uncover local contexts and challenges that underly existing racial and socioeconomic disparities in their communities. It is an inquiry-based approach that recognizes that no two cities and communities are the same, and that the most effective program and policy solutions will be those grounded in local realities. It recognizes that equity is not a fixed destination or singular dimension. It is directional and dependent on a community’s starting point, defined by the community’s priorities and self-determination, and tied to specific needs and opportunities.

The Equitable Recovery Assessment Toolkit is now available to help communities conduct their own assessments that examine the policies, practices, and programs that can move their communities toward an equitable COVID-19 recovery. The toolkit has been organized into four sections – economic development, housing stability, workforce development, and education & youth services – representing the complex and often interconnected sectors that drive community progress. Our assessment reinforces that recovery should embrace diversity and leverage resources to create new opportunities for communities that have been historically left behind. And our hope is that cities and community partners can use this tool to apply that intentionality to your own community.

Equitable Recovery Assessment Toolkit

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