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Equity scorecard

23 May 2024

This equity scorecard was developed as a tool to support you in your learning and help identify areas that might need more work or reflection to enable you to deliver on equity and comply with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It is intended to encourage critical self-reflection about your approach to embedding and/or enacting Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a specific project with a targeted equity priority community as well as in your wider work.

It is underpinned by WAI 2575 principles under the korowai of Te Tiriti to contribute to decolonisation and encourage anti-racism.

As you read each question, reflect on how well your work or project is achieving in that area.

Once you have answered all 12 questions, count up how many you have answered ‘yes’ to and use the scale to assess how well you’re doing. If you answered ‘no’ to any questions, some further exploration or learning is needed. That may be in your partnering and relationships, in using te ao Māori/kaupapa Māori in your work or in establishing mana motuhake outcomes for the work.

How many questions can you answer ‘yes’ to? Keep a tally and check your score at the end.

Sovereignty and self-determination

  • Do you have the right representation on governance of this project?
  • Are leaders from the priority community at the centre of the design, delivery and monitoring of this project so the community voice is privileged?
  • Are pro-equity processes embedded and reciprocated on this project?

Alternative knowledge systems

  • Does this project align with the cultural values and beliefs around health of the priority community?
  • Does this project provide culturally appropriate ways that support the expression of non-Eurocentric models of care or frameworks?
  • Does this project uphold and honour the priority community’s sovereignty over their data?

Partnerships for relationships

  • Do you understand, reflect and apply whanaungatanga or tausi le vā, teu le vā in respect of the diversity of the priority community for this project?
  • Do you have structures and processes in place to ensure that experts and the project team are ‘on tap’ as resources versus ‘on top’ as deciders?
  • Have you planned how relationships with the priority community will be sustainable so they will endure into the future?

Advocacy and social justice

  • Does this project resource, develop and strengthen mechanisms for the voices of the priority community to be heard and acted upon?
  • Has comprehensive inter-agency cooperation been set up so that social determinants of health can be addressed during the project?
  • Does this project contribute to addressing upstream causes of inequities, including racism, discrimination and the impacts of colonisation and migration?

How did you do

How many questions did you answer ‘yes’ to in relation to your project? Check your score below:

0–4 points: You are getting ready for the journey

Key behavioural attribute: Learning and being guided

Key indicators:

  • You are learning from resources and from people.
  • You are expanding your equity ‘community of practice’ and knowledge.
  • You are taking the time to understand its application and why it is important.
  • You are intentional in starting the journey and applying this knowledge.
5–7 points: You are on the waka and testing the waters

Key behavioural attribute: Curiosity and coaching

Key indicators:

Your learning has now evolved into curiosity, critical thinking and reflective practice.

  • You are testing assumptions and biases but have some way to go yet.
  • You are using indigenous theories and methodologies.
  • You are engaging and/or nurturing relationships and partnerships with priority communities and experts.
  • You are using coaching and advice to continue your journey.
  • You are wanting to ‘get it right’ – ensuring robust processes, including review, to evaluate your approach to getting it right.
8–12 points: You are sailing and navigating the waters

Key behavioural attribute: Confidence and sense-checking

Key indicators:

  • You are in a constant cycle of inquiry, learning, reviewing, redefining and readjusting the course.
  • Your learning and curiosity have made you knowledgeable of different frameworks and methodologies that will deliver on Te Tiriti.
  • You embed indigenous knowledge systems into your work, have great relationships and partnerships, sense-check for accountability and adjustments and are receptive and responsive to advice from internal/external priority communities and experts.
  • You are letting the process and the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi lead for the journey to and safe arrival at equity and transformation.

Published: 23 May 2024 Modified: 23 May 2024