Disaggregated data demonstrate that some AAPI subgroups face greater challenges than aggregated data suggests.
Below, we have highlighted some of the important work that federal agencies are doing.
We plan to release AAPI data sets in areas such as education, health care, federal hiring, and federal contracting. These data sets will help us target the AAPI communities that need resources the most.
The Office of Management and Budget has examined creative ways to collect and report detailed AAPI race and ethnicity data, and has drafted “Federal Agency Approaches to Providing Statistical Information on Detailed Asian and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Groups.” This working paper outlines several methods that can enable federal agencies to publish more detailed AAPI racial and ethnic groups.
- Federal Agency Approaches to Providing Statistical Information on Detailed Asian and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Groups
The Initiative’s Interagency Working Group has also established a subcommittee of key federal agencies to discuss data disaggregation. The Data and Research Sub-Committee developed this report, which contains an
overview of best practices for providing disaggregated AAPI data.
Data in Education
Disaggregated data can help us target resources where they’re most needed – in colleges that enroll a large percentage of low-income AAPI students, and in communities where many students live below the poverty line.
The Initiative has worked with the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education to host iCount, a two-day symposium that brainstormed best practices to implementing data disaggregation data.
- iCount: A Data Quality Movement
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection, which included disaggregated data on NHPIs and multiracial for the first time. The Data Collection provides a detailed portrait of student equity and opportunity for AAPIs.
- Civil Rights Data Collection
Data in Health
To eliminate health disparities in America, several provisions in the Affordable Care Act have focused on standardizing, collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on health disparities. Because the Affordable Care Act promotes data disaggregation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued new standards for collecting and reporting data, including adding seven Asian subgroups and four NHPI subgroups to provide a more accurate picture of the AAPI’s community’s health and needs.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Implementation Guide
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) National Health Interview Survey to collect data on health needs of the NHPI community specifically.
Data in the Labor Force
From the efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, we now have estimates from the Current Population Survey from 2003 to 2010 on labor force participation, employment, and unemployment for seven Asian groups.
Under Executive Order 13515, each agency is required to submit plans to align with the Initiative’s strategic goal areas and community recommendations. Twenty-four federal agencies have submitted plans to improve data disaggregation. You can read and submit your feedback on the federal agency goals.