Conducting a Community Needs Assessment
Offers strategies and methods for crafting needs assessments based on national, state, and local data resources and primary data collection methods
- where to find and access existing needs assessments conducted by local and state agencies (e.g., early learning coalition, healthy start coalition, department of children and families, health department);
- how to access community-level data on such websites as KidStats and Maps, US Census American Community Survey, and Florida Health Charts; and
- how to decide what type of primary data collection (e.g., surveys, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews) to use and pointers on conducting the work and analyzing the data.
The Children’s Trust in Miami, Florida, offers trainings annually, using various formats, including slides, live demonstrations of the KidStats and Maps website, and guided in-class exercises to become familiar with websites. Staff provide additional one-on-one time with participants to navigate websites, as needed.