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Drivers for Change – Allocate Resources

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Allocating Resources

Taking action on commitments to advance equity requires resources including funding, staffing, and time. Budget priorities and decisions are an important opportunity to align resources to advance equity. Utilizing existing funds, allocating additional funding, or leveraging grant opportunities is needed to initiate, maintain, and sustain equity initiatives. Making equity a priority also means dedicating resources to take action and do the work. Funding and staff time are needed to develop policies, practices, and programs which mobilize knowledge about inequities.

Adapted from:

  1. HealthEquityGuide.org – Allocate Resources. Retrieved from
    https://healthequityguide.org/strategic-practices/allocate-resources/
  2. An Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework for Reviewing and Developing a Policy. Retrieved from
    https://endvaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/An-Integrated-Anti-Oppression-Framework-for-Reviewing-and-Developing-Policy-OAITH-2008.pdf

Further Reading / Additional resources

OECD (2014), “How is Equity in Resource Allocation Related to Student Performance?” PISA in Focus, No. 44, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/5jxvl3zwbzwg-en. This article describes how high-performing countries and economies tend to allocate resources more equitably across socio-economically advantaged and disadvantaged schools

Thomas J. Halverson & Margaret L. Plecki (2015) Exploring the Politics of Differential Resource Allocation: Implications for Policy Design and Leadership Practice, Leadership and Policy in Schools, 14:1, 42-66.
https://doi.org/10.1080/15700763.2014.983129

Based on a two-year study of how district leaders invest staffing resources to promote equity-focused improvements in student learning, this paper explores political dimensions of the policy design and implementation process.

Sample Tools

HealthEquityGuide.org: How Can we Allocate Resources? Includes case studies that provide examples of resource allocation to drive equity action in health services as well as a list of actions to take to allocate resources.
https://healthequityguide.org/strategic-practices/allocate-resources/