DCYF is proud to share the Equity Mission Statement our staff developed for our department: "Through our equity work we are seeking to build our understanding of historical and structural racism and the impacts it has on the communities we serve. The vision is to develop staff capacity to use an equity lens in making funding decisions and working with grantees to support those with the greatest need in the City of San Francisco."
In order to establish equity metrics and create an equity-based strategic funding model, DCYF produced an Equity Analysis as part of our Community Needs Assessment (CNA) that was used by DCYF staff to develop our Services Allocation Plan (SAP).
DCYF utilized resources from external sources to establish best practices, train staff, and create a more thorough understanding of equity and equitable funding.
The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families is committed to ensuring equitable access to the services and opportunities that all children, youth and families need to lead lives full of fulfillment and happiness. One of DCYF's guiding principles is to ensure equitable access to services for San Francisco’s most vulnerable children, youth, transitional age youth and families.
DCYF’s commitment to equity is both fundamental to our strategic planning and mandated in the San Francisco City Charter. DCYF administers the Children & Youth Fund, and the City Charter states that DCYF is responsible for “ensuring that children and youth with the highest needs receive maximum benefit from the Children & Youth Fund." DCYF will apply an equity-based funding strategy to ensure that the Children & Youth Fund will be distributed "equitably among services for all age groups – from infancy to transitional age youth.”
Below are resources that were created by or informed DCYF staff as we established our equity metrics, crafted policy related to equity, and trained our staff on equitable practices. We hope that others will find these resources useful as well.
THE FUTURE OF DCYF’S EQUITY WORK
In October 2019 DCYF will start the process of collecting the information for our Community Needs Assessment (CNA). An important part of the CNA process is the creation of an Equity Analysis. The Equity Analysis will employ a set of equity metrics to be used to establish a baseline of existing services and resources in low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities, compared to services and resources available in the city as a whole.
Steps for the Equity Analysis
• Identify populations facing concentrated need for priority outreach and engagement in process.
• Disaggregate data by race/ethnicity wherever possible.
• Analyze current investments with an equity lens.
• Document strengths and needs faced by local
communities to inform equitable allocation of DCYF funds.
• Provide a range of opportunities in various formats for community members to provide input on the strengths and needs of local communities and priority populations.
• Ensure that these different opportunities are accessible by non-English speaking community members, working parents, parents with small children, and other community members who may otherwise face barriers to participation.
DCYF will disaggregate information where possible to understand inequities and disparities faced by particular groups of children, youth, and families. Additionally, DCYF will focus extra attention to gathering and collecting data and input on and from identified “priority populations”.
Populations that face significant disparities will be identified through this process, and through the Equity Analysis DCYF will examine the reach of its funded programs and services to understand opportunities for investing the department’s resources more equitably.
Through the last CNA, DCYF identified populations with concentrated need, which were later referenced as populations that would benefit from targeted services in the Services Allocation Plan and Request for Proposal process. Figure 5 details these populations.
During the process to develop this Plan, DCYF presented the above chart to Department staff, the OAC, OAC Subcommittees and SPWG and asked them to draw upon their experiences living and working in San Francisco and identify specific communities to engage to ensure that the CNA captures the diverse voices in San Francisco’s many communities. Appendix C provides a table listing the additional communities that DCYF will target for engagement during the CNA process.
• All San Francisco children, youth and families
• African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Pacific Islander
children, youth and families
• Low-income Asian American children, youth and families
• Disconnected transitional age youth
CHARACTERISTICS OF INCREASED NEED
• English Learner
• Foster youth
• Special needs
• Teen parent
• Children of incarcerated parents
• Academic under-performance or disconnect from school
• Exposure to violence, abuse or trauma
• Justice system involvement
• Mild to severe mental and behavioral health challenges