The Department of Commerce has published the Equitable Data Playbook to help agencies achieve equitable program outcomes. The playbook will help other agencies address questions like:

  • How to identify communities most in need of federal investments?
  • How to design a “fit-for-purpose” data system for delivering on program goals?
  • How to involve communities in your program data decisions?
The playbook covers various topics such as equitable data basics, program data systems, supporting applicants and grantees with data, program monitoring data, involving communities in program data decisions, and taking the next steps. ​ It is intended for individuals within the Department of Commerce (DOC) – and for those at other agencies – who use data and analytics to improve outcomes for communities, including CFOs, program officers, program managers or analysts, evaluation officers, statisticians, and economists.
The document also provides guidance and best practices for integrating equitable data practices into program design, delivery, and evaluation. ​It highlights case studies and examples of innovative data products and initiatives developed by various agencies within the Department of Commerce, such as the NTIA Eligible Entity Planning Toolkit, the EDA Economic Development Capacity Index (EDCI), and the NOAA Climate and Equity Roundtables and Pilot Projects.

The Playbook was produced by Shannon Arvizu, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Department of Commerce Chief Data Officer, and the Equitable Measures Sub-Group of the Department of Commerce Equity Action Council. The playbook is available for download at U.S. Department of Commerce Equitable Data Playbook.