KMartin Works Research, Reports, Analytics and more. Building a Better Needs Assessment :. How to go from Good to G reat Assessments. What is the difference between a good and great community a ssessment The steps to follow to make your assessment great
The steps to follow to make your assessment great
‘How to’ examples and tips to complete these stepsWhat are going to cover today
Includes a client profile
Reports on level of poverty, unemployment, housing, higher education, etc. in your community
Lists community indicators (data) that support running the programs funded by the CAP
Usually reports on client input on the CAP programs- quality, value, priority, etc.What are the components of a Good Assessment?
Has data that allows a compare and contrast from your community population and your target population
Data is drilled down to a small enough geographic or sub-population level to sufficiently understand and describe key need characteristics
Data is provided in easily understood format – charts, maps, etc. that goes beyond narrative and tables.
Does an analysis that shares insights in how to most effectively and efficiently design and deliver a path out of poverty for your target population
Includes local emerging issues and ties these issues to national or state emerging issues affecting those in povertyWhat is included in a Great Assessment?
Two phases in planning: planning the scope & planning the data collection
Have to think about, plan and assign responsibility for following tasks:
If ask the right questions in survey or focus groups, will have great data to analyze
State to County
County wide to target population (CAA clients or all Low-income clients within county)
Target population measured to a self sufficiency benchmark
Sub-populations of target population – to learn how differences in age, education, race etc. are impacting the intensity of barriers.
Trend lines can be used to compare how one aspect has changed or hasn’t changed over timeWhat is Comparison Data?
Percent of those in Poverty who moved within County in last year, shown by Township, 2011
Hillsdale County Jobs by Residence, 2011
Start with what is most important to you agency and Board
Plan, plan, plan before implement
Be flexibleFinal Thoughts