Needs Assessment

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


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