Race Matters Toolkit

About This Program

Target Population: Public and private institutions/organizations and individuals who serve/target low-income children and families in the areas of child welfare, health, education, juvenile justice and community development

Program Overview

The Race Matters Toolkit was designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. The toolkit which consists of over a dozen tools, fact sheets, and a user’s guide can be used individually or collectively to engage stakeholders in deeper discussions that lead to moving their organizational and programmatic equity, diversity, and inclusion work forward.

The toolkit presents a specific point of view on addressing unequal opportunities by race and offers simple steps to address such disparity in any organization. The three core tools that assist in moving conversations to a deeper level are:

  • The What’s Race Got to do With It? tool which is designed to help understand the historical context and root causes of racial/ethnic disparities and uncover likely remedies for resolving them
  • The Racial Equity Impact Analyses tool which is to be employed in a wide array of organizational/programmatic decision-making, ranging from vendor selection to introduction of new policies and practices in case management
  • The How to Talk About Race tool which is designed to assist administrators and child welfare policy makers in shaping racially informed messages to garner allies and increased support for the remedies being proposed to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in child welfare and other public/private systems

Program Goals

The goals of the Race Matters Tooklit are:

  • Improved capacity (i.e., knowledge, skills, commitment, support) to talk about race
  • Deepened knowledge of racial equity and widespread application of a racial equity “lens” to organizational operations and programmatic work
  • Knowledge and skills to use and apply disaggregated data
  • Formulation of policies and/or practices aimed at closing racial equity gaps
  • Formulation of partnerships for achieving shared racial equity goals
  • Policies, practices, and procedures that support racial equity in all aspects of public life/systems

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Race Matters Toolkit.

Essential Components

The essential components of the Race Matters Toolkit include:

  • It can be implemented individually or organization-wide.
  • Adults, both parents and non-parents and, as appropriate, youth impacted by policies/practices or decisions being made by organizations/institutions ideally should be involved in training, planning, and implementation of such policies/programs/practices. This is particularly true as their involvement relates to understanding how to use the What’s Race Got to Do With It? tool where their input is essential in providing insights into the root causes of disparities present in the organization/institution.
  • Additionally the input of adults/youth both internal and external to the organization is sought-out and desirable when employing the Racial Equity Impact Analyses tool in decision-making that affects them.
  • Using the 3 core tools of the Race Matters Toolkit, the following can be done:
    • Establish a common language in which to discuss issues of racial/ethnic equity
    • Conduct analyses using data disaggregated by race/ethnicity
    • Go deep to fully understand the stories behind the racial/ethnic disparities in the data
    • Authentically include ALL racial/ethnic groups in discussions about policies/programs/practices that affect them before decisions are made
    • Intentionally keep racial/ethnic equity on the table
    • Frame conversations about embedded racial inequities in ways that keep others engaged and on point

Program Delivery

Recommended Intensity:

After the initial training, follow up technical assistance, coaching or reinforcement training can occur at periodic scheduled check-ins, the duration of which depends upon the scope of the presenting issue. This can be anywhere from a few hours to several days.

Recommended Duration:

Training can be conducted in 1.5 – 2 days, however the learning from this training is ongoing as it is anticipated that there will be a shift in the way organizations/institutions do business going forward.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Hospital
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
  • School Setting (Including: Day Care, Day Treatment Programs, etc.)


This program does not include a homework component.


Race Matters Toolkit has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Space capacity is determined by the number of individuals to be trained which can be anywhere from 6-120 participants. Standard training tools include:

  • A/V equipment that can support Internet access
  • Speakers that will project high volume sound in the room provided
  • A screen to view a PPT presentation and film
  • Flip charts, markers and table top name cards
  • Disaggregated data for the issue areas to be discussed by participants

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Aside from the specifications of the child welfare agency for employment, there are no minimum educational requirements to attend trainings. Training is offered to service providers and supervisors in how to effectively use the Race Matters Toolkit. It also conducts organizational assessments provides technical assistance and ongoing coaching to those who feel they need additional support in the early stages of implementation of their organizational/programmatic racial/ethnic equity strategies. There are several suggested publications/documentary films that participants are encouraged to read/view post training to deepen their understanding of how structural/institutional racism presents itself in policies and practices in public systems.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

On-site and occasionally regionally through conference workshops/webinars. Training is done in groups with 20-30 participants as the most desirable size. However, group size can be as small as 6 and up to 120, the latter of which requires experienced facilitators to manage.

Number of days/hours:

1.5 days

Additional Resources:

There currently are additional qualified resources for training:

The following organizations have qualified Race Matters trainers/consultants available in their respective areas of expertise

Association of Black Foundation Executives – Philanthropy/Community Development
Voices for America’s Children – Children’s Advocacy/Policy/Health/Education
Just Partners Inc. – Education/Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice/Health/Community Development
Phoenix Cultural Resources, Inc.-Education/Community Development/Health/Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice
The Family Partnership – Community Development/Health/Child Welfare

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Race Matters Toolkit.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Race Matters Toolkit.

Contact Information

Delia Carmen
Title: Director
Agency/Affiliation: Race Matters Institute c/o Voices for America’s Children
Website: racemattersinstitute.org
Phone: (202) 380-1801
Fax: (202) 289-0776

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2012