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
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Research, Reports, Analytics and more
Building a Better Needs Assessment:
How to go from Good to Great Assessments
What is the difference between a good and great community assessment
The steps to follow to make your assessment great
‘How to’ examples and tips to complete these steps
Includes a community profile
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.
Gets data and insights from clients that are not available anywhere else
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 poverty
Using Great Data
Two parts to having great data for a Needs Assessment
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 time
Percent of those in Poverty who moved within County in last year, shown by Township, 2011
Hillsdale County Jobs by Residence, 2011
Don’t have to do it all at once –build to greatness
Start with what is most important to you agency and Board
Plan, plan, plan before implement