ERIC Number: ED423057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Know Your Community: A Step-By-Step Guide to Community Needs and Resources Assessment. (Revised Second Edition).
Samuels, Bryan; Ahsan, Nilofer; Garcia, Jill
This guide describes a systematic way of identifying the resources and needs of community residents by gathering data, soliciting the perspectives of residents and leaders, and surveying service providers and other community resources. Part 1 of the guide differentiates community assessment from traditional needs assessments and details the 5-step community assessment process: (1) establishing a community planning team; (2) defining community boundaries; (3) developing a statistical profile, including determining what information to collect, gathering the data, and analyzing the data; (4) assessing needs from residents' perspectives; and (5) assessing community resources through provider surveys, association surveys, consumer surveys, and community mapping. Part 2 deals with sorting through the large body of information to set community priorities, focusing on the use of a community assessment matrix to provide a framework for analysis. Two appendices provide (1) guidelines for developing a resident survey and (2) copies of the surveys and other tools described in the guide. (KB)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Needs, Community Planning, Community Services, Community Surveys, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Information Needs, Needs Assessment, Statistical Surveys, Strategic Planning
Family Resource Coalition, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606; phone: 312-338-0900; fax: 312-338-1522; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: www.frca.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, DC. Children's Bureau.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.; National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, Iowa City, IA.