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ERIC Number: ED423057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 118
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-885429-11-8
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)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A