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Equity

How we talk about equity can shift and change how people think about it. It can reveal the root causes of racial and social disparities. It can elevate equity-focused policy.

We can’t get to the society we want without talking about racial, social, and economic equity. But if communications aren’t framed carefully, they can backfire, and opportunities to build support for change can be missed.

FrameWorks’ research on issues ranging from justice reform, residential segregation, and health disparities highlights the need to explain how social issues work, lead with shared values, and spotlight solutions.

Explore these resources to find out what to emphasize, and what to avoid when talking about equity.

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Report

Communicating About the Social Implications of AI: A FrameWorks Strategic Brief

Artificial intelligence (AI): good or evil?

Report

Communicating about the Social Implications of AI: Research Methods and Sample Composition

Research supplement for 'Communicating About the Social Implications of AI: A FrameWorks Strategic Brief.'

Report

Communicating About Young People at Risk of Educational Exclusion in England: A FrameWorks Strategic Brief

We need a new conversation that centres on the needs of young people at risk of exclusion. Changing the public conversation is crucial to create an environment in which politicians and educational...

Report

Talking About Poverty: Narratives, Counter-Narratives, and Telling Effective Stories

This report synthesizes the complex body of research around existing poverty narratives and counter-narratives, with practical advice about how to use narratives to create better stories—and,...

Toolkit

Reframing Transition Age Foster Youth

Introduction The resources in this toolkit are designed to collectively build the understanding and support we need to change the narrative around transition age foster youth. Building public...

Report

Communicating about Intergenerational Urban Poverty and Race in America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Recommendations

Emerging and longstanding solutions focused on what each neighborhood needs, crafted in collaboration with the communities that would benefit from those solutions, bring hope and new possibilities...

Toolkit

Changing the Narrative on Public Education

Welcome to Changing the Narrative on Public Education, a communications toolkit designed to help advocates talk more effectively about the current needs and future possibilities of public education.

Report

Making the Case for Equitable and Just Public Education: Core Story of Education Messaging Strategies

The Core Story of Education has been successful in reframing public education, not as something that needs to be dismantled or built anew, but rather as a system with a strong structure and...

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Here’s How Nonprofits Can Get Americans to Fight the Racism Laid Bare by COVID-19

How can social-change communicators best promote conversations about race and racism in ways that help people understand, and get them to act and support solutions that advance equity? Here are...

Frame Testing Recommendations

Piecing It Together: A Communications Playbook for Affordable Housing Advocates

How can we lead more productive public conversations about inclusive housing policy, community development, and affordable housing? This playbook helps us reframe.

External article

Creating Affordable Housing Opportunities Means Talking Equity

To attain affordable housing for all, we must build public support by shifting narratives away from consumer choice and personal responsibility.

External article

Reframing Sexual Violence: From #MeToo to Time’s Up

In the shift from #MeToo to Time’s Up, movement leaders are strategically framing sexual violence as a social and cultural problem, rather than an individual problem. Doing so helps people think...