What is a community assessment (needs assessment)?
A community assessment is a systematic process for examining the current conditions of a situation (such as substance abuse) and to identify the level of risk and protection in your community.
Why do we need to complete a community assessment?
A community assessment will assist you in:
Creating an objective profile of your community
Determining the geographic and demographic areas that are at greatest risk
Ensuring you are putting your time and money where it will have the greatest impact
Showing policy makers the need for funding your prevention programs
Identifying research-based strategies to implement in your community
For details about how to perform an effective community-based needs assessment, please consult the resources at the University of Kansas Community Tool Box for Prevention