We believe in the transformative power of data for positive, systemic change. Producing accurate and representative data about Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities is a critical first step to ensuring equitable outcomes in health, education, income, housing, and so much more.

At AAPI Data, we prioritize our policy efforts on the advancement and implementation of data equity policies and practices that help institutions better serve the needs of AA and NHPI communities. Below we share more about our framework on data equity as it informs key policies.

The goal of data equity is to ensure that all institutions and organizations dedicate the resources and commitments to ensure accuracy and representation in how population data are collected and reported, including detailed data by race and ethnicity, gender, and other categories.

Equitable data is vital for diverse and historically underrepresented groups, such as communities of color, as data is a critical source of information that dictates public investments in community resources and plays a factor in outcomes related to health, education, economic, housing and so much more.

At the policy level, data equity includes:

  • Data policies, practices, and investments that advance equity on a range of substantive issues (the “why” of data equity) and
  • Community inclusion and equity in how data collections are designed, collected, analyzed, and made accessible to all (the “how” of data equity)

Our Framework for Data Equity

At AAPI Data, our framework for data equity centers the needs and priorities of Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. We see the inclusion and incorporation of our communities’ expertise and perspectives as important factors to ensure equity in all stages and aspects of data, including:

  • Design and development
  • Collection, compilation, processing
  • Analysis, dissemination, and preservation

We are dedicated to equipping individuals, communities, and decision-makers with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to ensure AA and NHPI communities are recognized, respected, and prioritized at a systemic level.