Global Processes of Justice, Truth–Telling and Healing

IARA is currently engaged in a three-year project, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to survey international examples of truth-telling and harm repair, including truth commissions and tribunals. The goal is to better understand what accountability looks like for these endeavors and what lessons we can learn going forward.

At IARA, we measure the impact and effectiveness of racial equity organizational transformation, in order to promote organizational capacity building. With funding from the Kellogg Foundation, IARA is assessing global practices of racial healing from inception to implementation and establishing guidelines based on this assessment. The main intent of the project is to create generalizable knowledge about the truth-telling, healing, and accountability processes that have been effective

Specifically, IARA is conducting an overview of historical and current practices in the field of racial healing with a lens on what has been shown to be successful and what the ongoing challenges are. IARA will provide a comprehensive body of knowledge on racial healing combined with recommendations for employing racial healing as a method of community and organizational transformation. 

IARA’s goal is to delve into the impact of global historical truth and reconciliation work at the national and community levels. We are documenting components of the model that make it effective. We expect to answer the following key questions:

  1. What makes the racial healing framework successful? 
  2. Where is there room for improvement? 
  3. What can this learning teach the racial equity/healing field? 
  4. What are the best means for sharing takeaways, resources, and practices with other countries, cities, and counties for scaling their own efforts in antiracist community-driven organizing? 

To conduct this work, IARA is mapping organizations and their stakeholders and is using existing documents, publications, evaluation and learning data, community-driven models, and key informant interviews to analyze, understand and assess outcomes and impact. As a result of this project, IARA will produce a final knowledge product and disseminate these findings broadly,  contributing to the racial equity space and the understanding of racial healing. 

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