The NEW CAAP Community Needs Assessment Tool

The CAAP Community Needs Assessment is a comprehensive tool that provides Pennsylvania's Community Action Agencies with the means to capture information about their community, analyze the data, and identify the current challenges that need to be addressed within the community. Community Action Agencies are required by federal legislation to complete a community needs assessment every three years. Conducting a needs assessment allows community action to be less reactionary and more visionary in our work within the communities.

The online Needs Assessment Tool provides background information for the state and counties from over twenty data sources, including federal and state departments. The Needs Assessment Tool allows agencies to query the database and create a document that serves as a community profile – the quantitative data portion of the needs assessment. The tool was developed in partnership with the Missouri Association for Community Action and the University of Missouri, under the guidance of a CAAP work group consisting of staff from local PA Community Action Agencies. The PA Department of Community and Economic Development funded the acquisition and development. PA Community Action Agencies fund the annual maintenance.

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Community Needs Assessment Resources:

In addition to guiding the development of the Community Needs Assessment Tool, the CAAP work group compiled resources to aid agencies in completing their needs assessment.

Missouri Community Scale Survey

The Missouri Association for Community Action developed a six category list of questions to help guide agencies in conducting a more in-depth assessment survey. Each category provides a vast menu of question choices that agencies can add to their surveys. Results from survey questions provide a agencies with a better understanding of their community, program performances, and insights for future endeavors.

Community Services Block Grant Directives

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program within the commonwealth. The federal monies are received through DCED and allocated to local agencies based upon a formula.  Directives are issued by the Commonwealth as a standardized method of communicating policies, procedures and similar information to the local agencies in the operations and execution of their programs and services.

Additional Resources