Community Needs Assessment Data: Now Available

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. recently conducted an agency-wide comprehensive assessment of community needs.  The assessment document will serve as a foundation for the agency’s strategic planning process, slated to begin in the fall.

The community needs assessment is comprised of data from a variety of sources, such as focus groups and surveys of agency constituencies, as well statistical data from sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, and NYS Department of Education.   A work group, comprised of agency staff and board members, analyzed the data and developed a list of community needs categorized by topic:  Living Wage Jobs, Transportation, Housing, Child Care, Adult Education, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse, Youth / Family Activities, and Public Relations.  The assessment document, including the work group’s findings, was reviewed by the agency’s Board of Directors in March and updated the following month to include the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey.  The agency-wide assessment is complemented by program-specific assessment documents compiled by Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project and Head Start.

Community members are welcome to review the assessment materials:

Community Action Planning Council Community Needs Assessment 2015
Head Start Community Assessment 2015
Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project Child Care Report 2015

For more information about the community needs assessment process, contact Dawn Cole at 315.782.4900, extension 250.