Reframing Data Analysis and Research

Last Updated: January 20, 2020

These resources are useful for considering how we talk about race in our data analysis and services and how we can apply a racial equity perspective  throughout a research process.

  • Why Am I Always Being Researched (Chicago Beyond, 2019)
    • This publication seeks to help shift the power dynamic in research and the way community organizations, researchers, and funders uncover knowledge together. It is an equity-based approach to research to restore communities as authors and owners. The publication presents seven inequities standing in the way of impact, and then proceeds with sections for community organizations, researchers and funders. For each group, it presents considerations before participating in research: knowing the role; community and voice in setting up the study; community and voice during the study; equitable numbers for impact; and sharing results.
  • How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research (Child Trends, 2019)
    • This guide offers five guiding principles to help researchers apply a racial and equity lens to the stages of the research process:  landscape assessment; design and data collection; data analysis; and dissemination.
  • Talking About Race Research and Toolkit (Center for Social Inclusion-CSI, various)
    • Talking About Race: A Summary of Findings (2012)
      • CSI conducted communications testing in which they found that it is better to address race in communications strategies versus avoid it. 
    • Let’s Talk About Race (CSI, Lake Research Partners and The Analyst Institute, 2015)
      • This report provides strategies on how racially explicit messaging can advance equity. They found that, “the results from our testing show that race explicit messages move people toward progressive fiscal policies and that people like and agree with messages that have a multiracial cast.” From this research CSI created a model for talking more effectively about race, using three large buckets: Affirm, Counter, and Transform. Within each, CSI provides specific strategies for a total of six strategies.
    • Talking About Race Toolkit
      • This toolkit distills the longer communications testing reports to guide thinking around strategic messaging around race. Page 5 includes questions to walk through as an organization brainstorms messaging. Page 6 includes a glossary of important terms and a link to additional materials.
  • Urban Institute Next50 Catalyst Brief on Structural Racism (Urban Institute, 2019)
    • The brief and supporting webpage respond to the question: What would it take to overcome the damaging effects of structural racism and ensure a more equitable future? This brief provides an example of using structural racism as a frame in policy research.  The authors identify four areas where additional evidence is needed to challenge systemic racial inequities and present potential solutions.

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