Phase II – Toolkit

The form of the Tool Kit is envisioned as a bound report in the format of a practitioner’s manual, corresponding to the following general format:

Executive Summary: What it is, why it is important, who should use it

1. Environmental Justice Primer: Provides a brief overview of EJ requirements in transportation planning, the genesis of laws and interpretations that define current expectations, and the challenges in responding to EJT issues that this manual is designed to address.

2. EJT Issues: A summary, categorization and interpretation of the major and minor issues and concerns that are associated with environmental justice, with a discussion of the ways in which and the levels at which these issues could present themselves.

3. Public Outreach/Public Participation Strategies: An overview of the various methods available for informing and engaging EJ populations in the planning and decision making process, with recommendations for where and how those involvement strategies should be used.

4. Management and Institutional Factors: Provides guidance on lines of responsibility and authority on EJT issues, as a means of determining who should be involved in the assessment and remediation of identified problems. Also describes the composition and role of the EJT Triage Committee (specified by the framework), which is charged with managing the EJT process and initiating analysis and response within the given region.

5. Analytic Tools: An introduction to and overview of the range of analysis tools and procedures that may be used for EJT evaluations, plus an initial guide as to the types of issues and types of application settings in which they should be applied. Effort will be given to offering the user tradeoff guidance as to the benefit/cost of using one approach vs. another.

6. Performance Indicators and Evaluation Framework: Attempts to guide the user in seeing the proper connection between the issue being raised and the appropriate indicators that should be considered for gauging the extent of an impact or the effectiveness of alternative solutions. A presentation on setting up a proper evaluation framework to structure the analysis will be used as a platform from which to base recommendations on selection of appropriate analytic tools and performance indicators. Also provides guidance on methods for presenting results for use in the community dialogue and decision making process.

7. Introduction to the EJT Tool Kit: Presents the Tool Kit as a methodology to the user, with step-by-step guidance on how to apply it to address EJT issues. Guidelines walk the user through each step of the process, often relating back to substantive detail in one of the earlier sections of the report, and providing examples along the way to illustrate. Sample tables or forms may be included to help the user in structuring their approach.

8. EJT Case Studies: Presents the results from the three case studies performed in Task 7 to provide illustrative examples in how to define an EJ concern, shape an analysis, and carry through an analysis using the EJT Tool Kit.