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... 29 Conclusions and Suggested Research Perhaps the greatest disparity that was observed among the array of agency equity analyses is the variation in quality and consistency of agency documentation regarding approaches and findings. A few agencies conduct extensive studies of equity issues and build detailed plans, programs, and analysis methods to address them.
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... 30 Equity Analysis in Regional Transportation Planning Processes Volume 2) supplements the guide by providing the final technical report of the research and additional background material such as the literature review and transcripts of agency interviews.
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... Conclusions and Suggested Research 31 Topics for potential further research relevant to each stage of the equity analysis framework include: Lay a Foundation of Public Involvement • Methods for setting measurable public involvement objectives and evaluating progress; • Indicators and measurement techniques for equity-related engagement variables that can have a profound impact on the success of outreach activities, and which may be difficult to quantify or assess, such as levels of trust with government decision-making processes, or "buy-in" regarding proposed plans and programs; • Facilitation and engagement techniques to engage diverse stakeholders in equitable decisionmaking processes; and • Techniques for, and examples of, documenting the input provided by equity stakeholders and describing how it is being, or has been, addressed in the planning and decision-making process. Step 1: Identify Populations for Analysis • Methods for mapping locations of required populations that do not depend on setting bright-line population concentration thresholds and assigning entire TAZs or other geographic units with a broad, all-or-nothing EJ status; and • Methods for tailoring definitions of terms such as low-income and minority to meet the letter and spirit of equity-related laws, regulations, and directives while also reflecting the unique socio-economic characteristics of a given region.

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