Number of organizations that completed a community assessment identifying goals and recommendations with the assistance of CNCS-supported organizations or national service participants.
Goal 3: Capacity Building and Leverage
Definition of Key Terms
Community Assessment: Involves comprehensive information gathering, analysis and documentation to understand a community's concerns, effectively characterize its needs and respond with appropriate interventions. Discovering those things that matter to the community, what issues the community feels are most important to address, and what resources are available to bring about change may be accomplished through interviews with community members, and by conducting listening sessions, public forums, and other place-based research, resulting in an assessment (or profile) of the community that helps identify and prioritize critical issues and plan future interventions.
How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data
Count of organizations that received capacity building assistance from the CNCS-supported organization or assigned national service participant(s) intended to support or enhance the program delivery model, that reported having completed a community assessment containing goals and recommendations.
At the outset of the activity, the applicant/grantee should indicate the minimum amount of days, hours, or other level of assistance required in order to determine that the assistance provided by the CNCS-supported organization or assigned national service participant was substantive and instrumental in completing the activity and/or achieving results. Applicants/grantees may define the level of assistance as including but not being limited to: coordinating the community assessment effort on behalf of the community and local organization; serving as the primary point of contact and liaison for all stakeholders involved in the community assessment effort; researching the community history, assets, issues, barriers, resources, goals etc. through document review, interviews, focus groups, etc., and/or writing or significantly contributing to the community assessment documentation.
Applicants are encouraged to use an established framework for conducting the community assessment. The framework should address the following core elements of a community assessment, as outlined by the Community Tool Box:
- Describe the makeup and history of the community to provide a context within which to collect data on its current concerns.
- Describe what matters to people in the community.
- Describe what matters to key stakeholders.
- (For each candidate problem/goal) Describe the evidence indicating whether the problem/goal should be a priority issue.
- Describe the barriers and resources for addressing the identified issue(s).
- (Based on the assessment) Select and state the priority issue (or issues) to be addressed by the group.
Additional tools, examples and how-to information for assessing community needs and resources can be found on the Community Tool Box website