Take Stock

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.

Completeness Checks:

 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

 

TRAINING MATERIALS

BIG PICTURE APPROACH TRAINING MATERIALS (FROM TRAINING BINDER): 

Training material

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?

Ready by 21 Community Data Inventory Tool

 

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIVE DEEPER

Assessing & Defining

Case Studies

Additional Training for Your Team
[Coming Soon]

Consulting Services to Support Your Coalition
[Coming Soon]

 

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