The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a framework and tools for effective evaluation for statewide workforce programs, policies, and processes across the various Titles. This toolkit uses an equity lens as its foundation based on the IWIB Equity Task Force’s concept of an equity lens. An equitable workforce system is one where diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational – in which race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, health, ability, and other demographic or geographic characteristics no longer predict one’s outcomes in the labor market. The Annie E. Casey Foundation defines equity as “the state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial and fair” (2015). The concept of equity is synonymous with fairness and justice. To be achieved and sustained, equity needs to be thought of as a structural and systemic concept.
The Illinois workforce system will apply an equity lens that ensures all individuals have equal dignity, value, and opportunity to participate justly, fairly, and fully in all dimensions of academic, social, civic, and economic life to reach their full potential. Workforce system resources will be distributed in a balanced and fair manner.
Applying an equity lens to evaluation involves increasing justice and fairness in all policy, processes, and programs – taking into consideration historical and contemporary conditions that create uneven starting points for individuals within the workforce ecosystem and aligning the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources, to provide the optimal experience for all individuals to reach one’s full academic, social, civic, and economic potential.
Racial Equity & Inclusion Framework. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2015, January). Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://www.aecf.org/resources/race-equity-and-inclusion-action-guide