STEP FIVE: ASSESS
The variety of perspectives, data and information made possible by a diverse coalition membership base enables a more complete understanding of community problems and solutions. Effective assessments include a definition of community, identification of needs and concerns, identification of resources and strengths, and an understanding of relevant community history. Key themes that emerge from this process help to articulate the overall agenda and focus the communications, analysis and problem-solving efforts that follow.
A broad set of stakeholders from multiple “communities within” are engaged in a “question-driven data process,” first surfacing their key questions and then gathering essential data to answer those questions
Information about needs is collected along with information about assets
Information about consequences, behaviors, underlying causes, and local conditions is collected
Community themes – about aspirations and current reality – resulting from the engagement process are articulated
BIG PICTURE APPROACH TRAINING MATERIALS (FROM TRAINING BINDER):
Related Facilitator's Guide or Curriculum
|Assess: Community Data Needed||
Community Tool Box Toolkit: Assessing Community Needs and Resources
CSG Curriculum: Community Assessment
|Needs Assessment Data Questions: Brainstorming Worksheet|
|What King of Needs Assessment Data should Coalitions Collect?||
Resource Asset Data Questions: Brainstorming Worksheet
|What Kind of Resource / Asset Data should Coalitions Collect?|
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIVE DEEPER
Assessing & Defining
- Community Tool Box Guide: Understanding and Describing the Community
Guide helps you understand and describe your community.
- Community Tool Box Guide: Collecting Information About the Problem
Guide explores collecting information (including hard data) and how to use it.
- Community Tool Box Guide: Conducting Focus Groups
Guide examines focus groups: what they are, why to use them and how to run them.
- Community Tool Box Guide: Conducting Interviews
Guide reviews in what circumstances to use interviews, how to structure them, and other options.
ReadySnaps - Wilson, N.C.: Youth and Adult Leaders Team Up to Map Youth Supports
Story shows how a partnership overcame a common data dilemma to create a comprehensive database of community services.
Additional Training for Your Team
Consulting Services to Support Your Coalition