A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action
Last Revised: June 09, 2016 - Initial Posting: Jan 07, 2008
Purpose

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle.  This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Description

Please LET US KNOW if you have suggestions of any COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT items that might be added.

See below for a wide range of Community Needs Assessment Resources.

The following Virtual CAP postings also provide resources that can be used for the development of Community Needs Assessments: Examples of CAA Community Needs Assessments....Statewide Needs Assessment Study....On-Line Needs Assessment Survey.

Additional related information is available through the posting for Strategic Planning Tools and Examples of CAA Strategic Plans including a Strategic Planning Manual from University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the posting for Planning and Evaluation Tools.

COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT RESOURCES

Technical Assistance Guide: Category 3 Community Assessment (nonprofit), CSBG Organizational Standards – Community Action Partnership...webinar recording and webinar slidesCategory 3 Technical Assistance Guide for public entities

Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment Online Tool – Community Action Partnership

Demographic Resources to assist with community needs assessments and grant proposals

Guide to State and Local Workforce Data (Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Employment and Training Administration)

Community Asset Mapping

Identifying, Mapping and Mobilizing Our Assets - University of Wisconsin-Extension        Capacity Inventory - Asset-Based Community Development Institute        Mapping Community Assets Workbook - North West Regional Educational Laboratory

Handbook on Community Visioning – Center for Rural Pennsylvania

Primary Data Collection Techniques – Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Community Assessment Techniques – Montana Department of Commerce

Handbook on Community Visioning - Center for Rural Pennsylvania        Primary Data Collection Techniques - Florida Cooperative Extension Service        Community Assessment Techniques – Montana Department of Commerce

Community Assessment Tool - NLC Institute for Youth, Education and FamiliesThe Institute for Youth, Education and Families (IYEF) under the National League of Cities has published an Community Assessment Tool to address Early Childhood Needs and Resources that includes three sections:

  • Conditions of Young Children
  • Inventory of Local Resources to Promote Early Childhood Success
  • Open-Ended Questions to help to help focus discussions with various community stakeholders, including parents, early childhood service providers, and others

The University of Kansas has created a Community Toolbox to promote community health and development that includes:Community Toolbox - University of Kansas

Community Tool Box for Welfare Reform: Building the Bridge from Client to Citizen suggests five tools as a kind of starter kit for a "Community Building Tool Box" including A Capacity Inventory (Tool 1), A Self-Help Peer Group (Tool 2), A Circle of Support (Tool 3), An Associational Inventory (Tool 4), and A Business Inventory (Tool 5).

Outcomes

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle.  This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Contact

Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager
434.295.8802