Identifying Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Human Services

When there is evidence of racial and ethnic differences at any point in the service delivery spectrum, it can be challenging to interpret what those differences mean. In particular, it can be challenging to understand whether and to what extent those differences represent disparities. A report from the Urban Institute provides a clear definition of disparities and also develops a conceptual framework for identifying racial and ethnic differences throughout the service delivery system and for distinguishing racial and ethnic differences from disparities.

The report can be obtained at