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EvalBasics 1: Community Assessment

Community assessment is the essential fact-finding phase of program development. You form a picture of a target community or user group in order to develop beneficial programs and services for it.  But community assessment, particularly for outreach programs, can be so much more than an evaluation activity.  It provides opportunities to meet leaders who provide entry into the community, initiate relationships with potential collaborators, and express your interest in the lives of the people you want to serve. In this workshop, participants will learn a four-step process for conducting community assessment that includes data collection, interpretation, and use.  The relationship-building potential of each step will be discussed. This is an in-person workshop.

Note: 
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Objectives: 
  • Describe a three-step process for conducting a community assessment for program development.
  • Identify methods for data collection and interpretation that are particularly suitable for community assessment.
  • Use the community assessment process to initiate key relationships within the target community
  • Apply community assessment findings in SWOT analysis
Class Length: 
4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Instructor(s):
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Karen J. Vargas, MS Library Science, Evaluation Specialist
Continuing Education:

This workshop has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 contact hours of Continuing Education credit.

Content last updated: July 2017

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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