The execution of a regular Community Needs Assessment is a requirement for all CSBG Eligible Entities, and one of the nine category’s (Category 3) of the Organizational Standards. To assist with this critical activity, the resources shared below have been curated to provide Community Action Agencies with comprehensive information and easy-to-use tools for each step of the Community Needs Assessment.
A Community Needs Assessment is a process conducted by all Community Action Agencies every three years to determine the underlying causes and conditions of poverty within the community they serve and identify the available resources to address the unmet needs of the community’s most vulnerable residents. The Community Needs Assessment is the first phase of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Cycle, grounding and guiding the work to develop and implement programs and services that lift families and communities out of poverty.
Community Commons Online Community Assessment Tool Utah Extension Survey Guide (with sample questions) LKLP Community Action Council On-Line Needs Assessment Survey Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Collecting CNA Data Slides Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Collecting CNA Data Video
Community Assessment Organizational Standard Technical Assistance Guide (Private CAA’s) Community Assessment Organizational Standard Technical Assistance Guide (Public CAA’s) Checklist for Monitoring Community Needs Assessment for CSBG State Offices Organizational Standards Beyond Compliance Webinar – Category Three: Community Needs Assessment