2023 Federal Racial Equity Summit

Federal Racial Equity Summit Bibliography

The Summit facilitators have provided a list of resources for participants to pre-read for the Summit. These resources are shared with participants to level set context, language, and understanding of integrating racial equity into equity plan implementation efforts. Topics covered include narrative strategy, operationalizing equity, and technical assistance capabilities. The pre-reading will provide context, while the rest of the resource list will supplement the sessions. By the end of the Summit, attendees will be able to use the presented tools to better infuse racial equity into federal programs, communications, and data analysis. This, in turn, will help adopt practical advice and practices from leading equity practitioners from across multiple sectors as well as help develop new and existing relationships with other advocates in the federal equity space. 

Before the program, please review the resources below:

Pre-Summit Materials

The first table is the recommended reading before Working Sessions 1, 2, and 3. Please spend 20 min reviewing given the limited amount of time in session. 



Recommended Pre-Reads

For Love of Country: A Path for the Federal Government to Advance Racial Equity" by PolicyLink 

Recommended pages to read: 

  • Page 20, language  
  • Page 34, action plan    
  • Page 36, guiding principles    
  • Part I Addendum, facts/charts  

Racial Equity Toolkit by the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE). Recommended pages 4-7 

Working Session #1: Narrative Strategy for a Just, Multiracial Democracy 

Deepening Engagement for Lasting Impact: A Framework for Measuring Media Performance & Results by Learning for Action. Recommended pages 6-11 

Working Session #2: Using an Equitable Results Count Framework 

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity by GARE

Working Session #3: Building Technical Assistance Capabilities 

Conducting Intensive Equity Assessments of Existing Programs, Policies, and Processes by Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services 

Resource List 



White House Executive Orders 

Executive Order 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government" by the Executive Office of the President 

Executive Order 14091: Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government" by the Executive Office of the President 

White House Equity Plan Implementation Efforts Homepage 

Working Session #1: Narrative Strategy for a Just, Multiracial Democracy 

Anthology of Publications Regarding Monitoring and Evaluation for Social Impact by Erin Potts, Medium article (linked in RaceForward Strategy Tool publication) 

VA EIG 2021 Results Project: Marketing and Communications Plan 

Narrative Strategy:  

Narrative Strategy Tools by RaceForward 

Cultural Strategy: An Introduction and Primer by Nayantara Sen 

Narrative Strategy: The Basics by Liz Manne Strategy 

Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy by Liz Manne Strategy 

Measuring Narrative Change: Understanding Progress and Navigating Complexity by Nikki Kalra et al., ORS Impact 

Trust in Government:  

The State of Public Trust in Government 2023 (May 2023) by Partnership for Public Service 

Trust in Government: A Close Look at Public Perceptions of the Federal Government and Its Employees (March 2022) by Partnership for Public Service 

Foresight is 20/20: Demographics and Trust (June 2022) by Partnership for Public Service 

How to Talk About Government: A FrameWorks Message Memo (March 2006) by FrameWorks Institute 

Working Session #2: Using an Equitable Results Count Framework 

GARE Tools & Resources 

GARE Racial Equity: Getting Results—Developed to assist jurisdictions use a racial equity lens to identify a set of metrics and implement a community process to have greater impact in their work. 

GARE Racial Equity Action Plans: A How-to Manual 

Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)—Seattle’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity, which began in 2004. 

Working Session #3: Building Technical Assistance Capabilities 

Leading Practices to Advance Equity and Support of Underserved Communities throughout Health and Human Services Programs (HHS-ASPE) 

Equity Assessment Tools:  

Equity Assessment Tip Sheet 

In-Depth Equity Assessment Guide (HHS-ASPE) 

Equity in Research and Analysis Tools: 

Guide for Staff with Research or Analytical Responsibilities: Advancing Equity through Quantitative Analysis (HHS-ASPE) 

Guide on Advancing Equity by Incorporating Intersectionality in Research and Analysis (HHS-ASPE) 

Meaningfully Engaging People with Lived Experience Tools: 

What is Lived Experience? Infographic (HHS-ASPE) 

What Does it Look Like to Equitably Engage People with Lived Experience? (HHS-ASPE) 

Strategies to Equitably Identify People with Lived Experience (HHS-ASPE) 

Recruiting Individuals with Lived Experience (HHS-ASPE) 

Other Tools:  

Tips on Equitable Communication (HHS-ASPE) 

Tips on Engaging Diverse Groups of External Partners (HHS-ASPE) 

Improving the Design, Targeting, and Effectiveness of Training and Technical Assistance: A Learning Agenda by HHS-ASPE and Mathematica 

Examples From Other Agencies/Sub-Offices:  

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 

Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program by HUD 

Health Equity Technical Assistance Program by CMS OMH 

Training and Advisory Services – Equity Assistance Centers by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 

Keynote: Our Power, Our Future, Our Nation

We Are the Founders – The Invitation by PolicyLink

Building for the All! Infrastructure Standards for Transformation of the Built Environment by PolicyLink

Partnering with Federal Agencies to Advance Racial Equity – PolicyLink publication written with Race Forward regarding its governing pilot project with federal agencies.

The Retreat of Influence: Exploring the Decline of Nonprofit Advocacy and Engagement (July 2023) by Independent Sector

Howard Thurman lectures: Love or Perish.

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.

Additional References 

Rapid Reinforcements: Strategies for Federal Surge Hiring by Paul Pietsch