The Equity Decision Making Tool is the product of collaboration between the Eugene School District 4J and the Decision Education Foundation.
After learning about Decision Quality from DEF, the 4J Equity, Inclusion, and Instruction Team worked to align the 4J District's draft Equity Lens with DEF's Decision Chain.
Working together to improve initial versions, the result is a concise visual summary that brings together the most central concepts of each model in a coherent picture.
In navigating towards this synthesis, an important distinction emerged between equity of access in the decision process and equity as a value in making the decision.
Equity as a value helps in determining which ethical alternative provides better chances of achieving your aims given what can be known at the time a decision is made.
Equity in reaching decisions is where those who are impacted by the decision are meaningfully included in the process.
An inclusive process is more likely to arrive at a high quality decision with the best chances of equitable outcomes.
The Equity Decision Making Tool hangs in district conference rooms next to DEF's Decision Chain and the 4J Equity Lens.