About the Community Needs Assessment Tool
Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Resources
Getting the initial data report of the Community Profile is only the beginning of the Community Needs Assessment process. Once obtained, the data must be analyzed and needs, challenges, opportunities, and resources identified to lay the groundwork for Community Action work plans and strategic planning. To that end, in addition to guiding the development of the Community Needs Assessment Tool, the CAAP workgroup compiled resources to aid agencies in completing their needs assessment.
The CAAP work group wrote this toolkit to provide a guide to creating the community profile, collecting qualitative data from clients and the community in various settings, and analyzing the data to make a complete needs assessment report.
The Missouri Association’s guide to doing a complete needs assessment: data collection, analysis, issue prioritization, strategic planning, and logic models.
The nuts and bolts guide to a comprehensive needs assessment from development to report, issued by the National Association for State Community Services Programs.
Missouri Community Scale Survey
The Missouri Community Action Network 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 agencies with a better understanding of their community, program performances, and insights for future endeavors.