Disparity and Disproportionality

Budget and Finance

Budget and Finance can impact the public child welfare agency’s priority of eliminating disparities 

and reducing disproportionality. This function can direct, leverage, and maximize agency resources 

to help meet the agency’s identified needs. For instance, an agency can choose to direct resources 

to deal with an “environmental disparity”, or disparity occurring within the workplace. The budget 

document conveys the agency’s strategic direction of addressing the issue.

 

The budget and finance function should include frontline staff and management at all levels in the 

budget process as a strategy for eliminating disparities and reducing disproportionality. 

Participation from a broad group of individuals and diverse perspectives in budget and finance 

activities on this issue promotes inclusion, creative problem solving and transparency. An agency’s 

decision to address issues of disparities and disproportionality using budget and finance resources 

can help an agency demonstrate and communicate its commitment to providing equitable treatment and 

service delivery investments. Put another way, it helps the community see that the agency can move 

beyond rhetoric and act on the issue.

 

Budget and finance plays a role in both defining issues of disparities and examining its long-term 

impact. For instance, an agency may first have to allocate resources to the area of research in 

order to collect the baseline data that helps define whether or not the agency has an issue at all. 

Regarding long-term impact, if the agency identifies disparities as an issue and has dedicated 

resources toward it, the budget and finance function can conduct return on investment analyses and 

analyze these data to consider how groups of people are receiving services in relation to other 

groups. The analyses conducted can also be used to understand the cost effectiveness of service 

delivery and can lend itself to redirecting resources if needed.

 

Public child welfare agencies should be reminded that addressing the issue of disparities and 

disproportionality cannot be solved overnight and that seeing a return on investment may not be 

immediate or evident for years to come. Therefore, budget and

finance initiatives that address disparity will have to carefully examine data to get a sense of 

what is effective or not, and why.

 






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