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Racial Equity Impact Assessments and How They Work

Tools for analyzing community impacts of policies and projects can help teams center equity as an ongoing priority.

A recent equity toolkit released by the NAACP recommends conducting racial equity impact assessments (REIA, pronounced “REE-uh”) to help guide work on projects and policies. But what is a REIA, and how do they work?

REIAs are an emerging way of analyzing the community impacts of a policy or project. They are a tool that “puts on a racial equity lens” for proposed policies, programs, and practices, said Leah Obias, director of policy and strategy at the nonprofit Race Forward. This can help “ensure that policies, programs, and practices may improve outcomes for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] communities,” they added.

Originally published October 21, 2021 Reviewed November 1, 2021

Melton, P. (2021, November 1). Racial Equity Impact Assessments and How They Work. Retrieved from