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Equity Analysis Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide disaggregated data from the indicators used in Raising the Village that is broken down by population groups. This toolkit provides a deeper understanding of the factors that impact children’s well-being. When data is reported for the city’s population as a whole, that data can hide important differences in the experiences of particular groups. By using data that is broken down by socio-demographic groups, it is possible to more effectively target resources at populations that need them most. This toolkit aligns with the City of Toronto’s Data for Equity strategy to facilitate the collection of socio-demographic data and the analysis, reporting and use of disaggregated data to support equitable City service delivery and policy development.

On the other hand, disaggregated data does not always reveal the cause of inequities. Many external and intersecting factors contribute to certain outcomes that data cannot fully explain. Moreover, while data can uncover issues that need addressing, it does not necessarily offer a clear path forward.

Communities, system leaders, direct-service providers, teachers, parents and children can use this data to inform the development of programs, services and strategies that address inequities. Understanding patterns, trends and differences in outcomes across gender, race and other factors can inform targeted outreach, needs assessments, and actions that address structural inequities at all levels. We encourage children, families, service providers and communities to use this data in the ways that make sense for them. Most importantly, this data can be used by children, families, service providers and communities in the ways that makes sense for them and that best meet their needs.