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Disparity Report

Disparity Report

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The Disparity Report originally emerged as a way to visualize city-wide trends in disparities in the context of the work of New York City's Young Men's Initiative (YMI). Since then, the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) has recognized the importance of expanding this work and developing a resource to understand racial disparities for both men and women across NYC over time. This framework conceptualizes a broader context of young adulthood and integrates data from multiple life stages and experiences into one tool for government agencies and community partners to address racial disparities.

Indicators were strategically selected in the domains of Education, Economic Security and Mobility, Health and Wellbeing, and Personal and Community Safety. CIDI used a standard method for comparing the data across groups and time, and measuring the racial disparities. This method involves calculating the rate of an event for young men and women of color compared with White young men and women, respectively. Indicators consist of two parts:

  1. Rates of events (e.g., teen pregnancy, high school graduation, college/career readiness) by population.
  2. Disparity indices between White individuals and individuals of other racial groups (Black, Hispanic, Asian).


Disparities among groups continue; several indicators have experienced significant decreases in disparity for young men and women of color. This warrants more in-depth exploration into the underlying factors that are allowing some disparities to shrink while others remain. Positive outcomes have generally increased over the available time frames for all groups. However, this trend has not affected all groups equally.

For most of the indicators, White and Asian young men and women have comparable rates of outcomes while Black and Hispanic young men and women fare worse. The smallest disparities across all domains and across races were in several of the indicators in the Education and Economic Security and Mobility domains. The largest disparities were seen for Black young men and women in several of the indicators in the Community and Personal Safety domain.


NYC Young Men's Initiative
NYC Department of Education
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Correction
NYC Administration for Children's Services
NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice
NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
NYC Human Resources Administration
NYC Department of City Planning


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