Considerations for the Toolkit
Ongoing Committee Use
This toolkit was created in 2018 with the insight of the ENTF WFD Equity Action team and input from the larger subcommittee. As local and national expertise continue to evolve, the toolkit should be reviewed, updated, and revised.
Inclusive Performance Strategies recommends that the ENTF WFD Subcommittee review the toolkit as a group and ask the following questions:
Quarterly Troubleshooting Discussion:
- Are action teams clear on the purpose and use of each tool?
- How are the tools being used in each action team?
- What questions or concerns do action team members have about utilizing the toolkit?
Annual Revision Discussion:
- Are these particular tools still relevant to our current work?
- What utilization lessons can action teams share with one another?
- Have group members come across other tools that would be useful?
- What resources are missing?
Additionally, as the subcommittee expands or membership changes, the ENTF should be intentional about understanding the equity practices of participants and their agencies so that relevant expertise can be incorporated into the toolkit.
While this toolkit was created for the ongoing use of the ENTF Workforce Development Subcommittee, it is the hope of ENTF that subcommittee members and the larger community will find it useful in a variety of contexts. The pursuit of equitable outcomes cannot be isolated to collective efforts but must be infused within the work of all individual organizations. ENTF staff and Equity Action Team members should discuss how to best support individual organizations that want help implementing any of the tools in the toolkit. Offering support will not only ensure the tools are utilized as intended but will build the ENTF’s network ties in community and align collective equity goals.
While the toolkit is designed to provide procedural support and concrete activities that support community engagement and a focus on equitable outcomes, users should note that no amount of predesigned activity can replace the need for all involved individuals to develop an ‘equity mindset’. Action team members should remember to seek out one another’s expertise and always remember to A.S.K about equity in ongoing discussions and decision-making:
- ADD intentional prompts: “What do you mean by that?” or “How will that impact X group?”
- SUGGEST relevant resources: “Can we find data illuminating context or disparities on that?” or “Have you considered this training?”
- KEEP equity at the center: “Who will be left out?” or “How might people interpret that word or phrasing?”