About our work

The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project works at the intersection of academia, policy, and practice to create antiracist change.

Our research is cross-sector and independent. We critically evaluate policies and practices for antiracist change so that practitioners can implement effective, lasting solutions. We aim to answer: Which structures and strategies are proven to achieve more equitable outcomes for historically marginalized communities? Which are ineffective or even harmful?

Healthcare Institutions

This research focuses on the organizational practices and policy changes that effectively create institutional and community health equity.

Bias Education 

This project aims to inspire parents, teachers, and school leaders to disrupt racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other harmful biases in early childhood education and curricula.

Global Processes of Justice, Truth-telling, and Healing

This three-year project surveys international examples of truth-telling and societal repair, learning directly from those involved in truth commissions around the world.

Emerging Research

IARA has several research projects in earlier stages of development, focused on the corporate, philanthropic and governmental fields.

RRAPP is a free, online collection of easy-to-read summaries of the most current and foundational antiracist research. Each summary focuses on solutions at the institutional level, listing clear takeaways in a short format.

Too often, research stays within the academic field, and its benefits are not realized. The IARA Project facilitates an exchange of ideas and resources among academics, policymakers, practitioners, and advocates in real-time. Our materials and events are free, understandable, and easily accessed online.

Our community represents an even four-way split across the government/public, non-profit, higher education, and private sectors.

The IARA Project is supported by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Dean’s Office, the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Grants fund individual initiatives within our focus areas. This has included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (supporting the 2023 Healthcare Report), and the Kellogg Foundation (supporting the report on Global Processes of Justice, Truth-telling, and Healing).

The IARA Project also receives donations from a variety of individual supporters.

If you can, donate to the IARA Project to support our research.

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The Untying Knots podcast discusses strategies for institutional change.

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