Facilitator’s Guide for Continuous Improvement Conversations with a Racial Equity Lens

Facilitator’s Guide for Continuous Improvement Conversations with a Racial Equity Lens

This guide has been designed to support facilitators and leaders to advance cross-sector conversations and efforts aimed at population-level impact. How might facilitators effectively use data? How might they ensure a racial equity focus? Often these conversations stall for various reasons including the historical and prevailing culture of both funders and grantees that has focused on compliance rather than continuous improvement.


We hope that the tools in this guide, developed through our own work and that of our grantees and partners, can support you in having productive conversations and allow you and your diverse partners to achieve dramatically better results in your community. This guide is split into two main sections:

  • Background and information on where to start when thinking about and agreeing on data, applying racial equity lens and adopting a continuous improvement approach work to achieve population changes
  • Tools and resources that have been useful in communities who are at different stages of their Collective Impact and Racial Equity work.

This guide is a curation of various tools and resources we have used at Living Cities and is by no means exhaustive. It is built on the work of many organizations and individuals who are committed to racial equity, which include Interaction Institute for Social ChangeGovernment Alliance on Race and EquityRace ForwardCenter for Social Inclusion, and StriveTogether.

If you have any questions or want to share your story on your racial equity journey, please email racialequity@livingcities.org

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