King County has produced a draft of it’s first strategic plan for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). The draft plan is a blueprint for change that will guide their policies and decision-making, design and delivery of services, and workplace practices in order to advance equity and social justice within County government and in partnership with communities in the region.
Following an extensive six-month outreach effort that included over 100 community organizations prior to developing the plan and a six-month review by leaders and subject matter experts representing all County departments and agencies, the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan has been mutually created by King County employees and community partners.
The six-year plan represents a critical opportunity for King County to do ground-breaking work by applying a theory of change that fundamentally shifts the County away from policies and practices that react to problems and crises toward investments that address the root causes of inequities, ultimately leading to better quality of life and greater prosperity in all of our communities.
The plan includes a Policy Agenda to advance equity within the next three years in the following areas:
- Child and youth development
- Economic Development and jobs
- Environment and climate
- Health and human services
- Information technology
- Justice system
- Transportation and mobility