Module 2: Assessing Community Needs and Resources

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This training provides guidance for conducting assessments of community needs and resources, critical to truly listening to and learning from community members about what matters to them.


Learning Objectives

  • How to engage community members and assure ownership among stakeholders
  • Diverse methods for obtaining information about community needs and assets for change
  • How to assess resources available for addressing identified issues
  • How to use criteria and processes to prioritize issues for action


Module 2: Assessing Community Needs and Resources
Lesson 2.1 Understanding and Describing the Community
Lesson 2.2 Assessing Community Needs
Lesson 2.3 Identifying Community Assets and Resources
Lesson 2.4 Conducting Assessments
Lesson 2.5 Doing a SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Lesson 2.6 Putting It All Together: Creating a Community Assessment



Video Presenter: Vincent Francisco, Ph.D.