Policy & Research
Working with community groups, government, and national organizations to develop policies that advance racial equity.
CSI’s approach to policy development relies on constant dialogue between our research and the latest developments in local communities. It is an iterative process, built on data collection, analysis and consultation with experts as well as engagement with leaders of community organizations, because we see communities of color as assets, innovators, and producers—not just consumers. We develop policy using the following steps, not always in a linear fashion.
- Define the Problem and Identify Structural Entry Points
- Research and Identify Existing Models and Solutions
- Apply Structural Race to Existing Policy and Potential Models
- Identify and Assess the Impacts we wish to see in our Policy Solutions
- Community Engagement
- Draft Policy Proposal
- Vetting and Amending
Through this work, we have developed program areas to catalyze community-led policy change that advances racial equity within a specific sector:
Explore our other three strategies: