Equity Impact Assessment
July 13, 2021
10 Minute Read
- An equity impact assessment (EIA) is a tool that can be used to identify unintended potential impacts (positive or negative) of an initiative on systemically marginalized groups.
- By proactively assessing the potential impacts of proposed initiatives and redesigning them accordingly, health care organizations can reduce existing disparities, prevent further inequities, and enable more equitable solutions.
- An EIA is a valuable tool to bring attention to groups that are typically overlooked in decision-making. However, an EIA is not a stand-alone tool and is not a substitute for meaningful input from marginalized communities.
- Organizations should embed EIAs into standard project management and decision-making processes so equity becomes a part of every decision.