Making data accessible
Community Assessments are easy. They are even easier with consistent, intuitive, annual updates.
How does it work?
Much of the data needed for a Community Assessment is standard from one year to the next. The data itself changes every year, but the data sources remain the same. I automate much of the process of gathering Census and Program Information Report data, and these two data sources alone are often enough to produce an annual update for a Community Assessment.
The rest of the Community Assessment can be completed by following an easy process, some of which is highlighted below.
|Community Assessment Requirement||What your program does||What I do for you|
|Demographic and Economic data||Your program defines your service area||I gather city and county level data for your service area, and compare it to state and national trends|
|Family Needs||Your program decides what other Head Start/Early Head Start programs are most comparable to yours||I gather state and nationwide Program Information Report data and compare it to needs data in your PIR that you have already gathered|
|Family Needs, Community Strengths and work/training schedule||Together we develop and conduct a survey of parents, Head Start staff and community partners||Compile results, create charts, graphs and tables, and craft a narrative based on our shared analysis|