This list of resources supports child welfare staff and leaders as they confront implicit bias, implement system changes, and work to achieve racial equity within their organizations and across systems. The nine categories contain tools, guides, assessments, and curricula which are used to increase understanding, facilitate dialogue, deliver training, analyze current policies, and implement sustainable strategies.If there are any resources we can help you find or you have resources to add to this collection, please contact Sharon Kollar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Organizational & Self Assessments

3 Tools for Getting Started with the Race Matters Toolkit
This paper introduces three simple tools for starting racial equity work off right. (2006)

A Guide to Planning & Implementing Cultural Competence Organization Self-Assessment
This document offers guidelines to inform organizational self-assessment in cultural competence, specifically, it presents a rationale for organizational self-assessment, essential elements of the process, benefits, and useful steps in planning and implementation of an organizational self-assessment. (2002)

A Guide for Using the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment Instrument
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct an organizational self-assessment process and is a companion to The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment (CLCPA). (2006)

Activity to Explore the Impact of Skin Color
This documents guides an activity that illustrates the different experiences participants may have based on the color of their skin and helps provoke thinking and dialogue about different experiences and perceptions. (2015)

Assessing Organizational Racism
This organizational assessment offers a sampling of questions designed to help predominately white organizations and multi-racial organizations of white people and people of color examine and change the ways your organization replicates larger racist patterns. (2001)

Cultural & Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment
This assessment tool supports family-focused organizations to: (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent policies, structures, and practices in all aspects of their work; (2) enhance the quality of services and supports delivered within culturally diverse and underserved communities; and (3) promote cultural and linguistic competence as an essential approach in the elimination of disparities and the promotion of equity. (2010)

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization
This is a chart that describes the six phases of becoming an anti racist multicultural organization. (2013)

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment (CLCPA)
This assessment tool concentrates on the cultural competence of community health centers and aims to (1) improve health care access and utilization, (2) enhance the quality of services within culturally diverse and underserved communities, and (3) promote cultural and linguistic competence as essential approaches in the elimination of health disparities. (2008)

Cultural Competency Organizational Self-Assessment Toolkit
This toolkit provides agencies with materials to facilitate the organization’s planning and assessment process and includes; background on the development of the self-assessment process; shared experiences of organizations who have implemented the assessment; a guide for implementation planning; communication materials, the assessment tools that will be used; and general Greenbook resource materials. (2006)

Race Matters: Organizational Self-Assessment
This tool contains a questionnaire and next steps that help raise organizational awareness, start focused conversations, contribute to the development of equity action plans, and track organizational change. (2006)

Race Matters Toolkit
This 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. (2006)

Race to Equity Toolkit for Conversation
This toolkit offers facilitation assistance to school, faith, and community groups that want to discuss the data presented in the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' Race to Equity project report and what steps can be taken to narrow racial disparities in their respective organizations. This toolkit can be modified in order to address others’ specific needs and priorities. (2013)

Racial Equity Impact Assessment
This assessment is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. (2009)

Resources for Promoting Self-Awareness
This document provides resources are intended to be a starting point for evaluators to begin developing higher a sense of self-awareness and to stimulate conversations regarding cultural competence. (2015)

Step-Forward-Step-Back-Organizational Identity Activity
This activity shows some of the advantages and disadvantages related to organizational power and privilege. The activity is used to show how long-term accumulation of advantages based on organizational privilege can produce gaps among groups and create inequities in the communities we hope to serve. (2016)

Structured Decision Making® Risk Assessment: Does It Reduce Racial Disproportionality in Washington’s Child Welfare System?
This report provides a brief description of structured decision-making (SDM) and its implementation in Washington State, describing research findings regarding racial disproportionality, effects of SDM on rates of out-of-home placements, and rates of subsequent reports to CPS. (2011)

The Role of Assessment In Achieving Cultural Competence
This document provides an overview on self-assessment, the essential elements in achieving cultural competence, and the contributions of National Center for Cultural Competence. (2001)

The Wakanheza Project™ Creating Welcoming Environments
This document provides principles and strategies that prevent or de-escalate stressful situations in public to create more welcoming environments for children, young people, families, and adults. (2015)

Tools for Thought: Using Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Effective Policymaking
This study explores assessment tools that measure the impact of proposed legislation on populations of color and are effective in shaping policy. (2016)

Understanding Structural Racism Activity
This activity helps participants delve deeper in analyzing racism and start to learn how to use a structural racism lens. Many times, actions are focused on changing the personal beliefs without looking at the practices and procedures that contribute to the issue. (2015)

White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
This document lists personal examples of unearned advantage and encourages individuals to reflect on and recognize their own unearned advantages and disadvantages as parts of immense and overlapping systems of power.