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Record No: Res 31613    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/8/2015
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION creating the Demographic Data Task Force to recommend strategies to standardize and disaggregate demographic data used by City departments in allocating resources and developing City policies, programs, and services.
Sponsors: John Okamoto, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Resn 31613
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION _________________

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A RESOLUTION creating the Demographic Data Task Force to recommend strategies to standardize and disaggregate demographic data used by City departments in allocating resources and developing City policies, programs, and services.

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WHEREAS, in 2004 The City of Seattle (City) launched a Race and Social Justice Initiative with the vision of achieving racial equity in the community and the mission of ending institutionalized racism in City government, promoting inclusion and full participation of all residents, and partnering with the community to achieve racial equity across Seattle; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, the Mayor expanded the Race and Social Justice Initiative, mandating that the City track outcomes that address racial and social disparities persisting across key indicators of success, including education, equitable development, health, housing, jobs, criminal justice, environment, service equity, and arts and culture; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes the importance of collecting and analyzing demographic data to inform its policy decisions and effectively provide services to its fast-growing and increasingly diverse population; and
WHEREAS, Resolution 31425 established the Council's expectations that new or expanded programs articulate clear, specific, and measurable goals and outcomes and include evaluation components when not already evidence-based; and
WHEREAS, some City departments collect and analyze client data to inform how to allocate their resources, but data collection methods and demographic categories are not standardized across departments; and
WHEREAS, client data only captures the needs of people who are already receiving services and neglects those who have not yet accessed services; and
WHEREAS, the City supplements its data with federal data from the U.S. decennial census and the American Community Survey; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. decennial census disaggregates dat...

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