Improve Community Assessment Data Collection and Analysis to Maximize Usefulness

What makes a Community Assessment work for you?


According to HSPPS 1302.11: to design a program that meets community needs, and builds on strengths and resources, a program must conduct a community assessment at least once over the five-year grant period.

Find out more about the six areas that must be addressed in a program’s community assessment. See examples of data collection that can be used to improve the ability of your program to meet children and families’ needs.


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When robust data collection is part of community assessment there is great potential for impact on program planning and implementation.

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[FFF] helped us develop a much more comprehensive, accurate, and meaningful community assessment then we’ve ever had in the past. The data was able to help inform our grant writing process to more accurately reflect the needs of our community and gave us a compelling argument for receiving more slots.​

They were extremely organized and were able to outline a detailed timeline from the beginning and were able to keep us on track. They did a great job gathering community data on their own when we were not sure where to find it. ​

They did a great job facilitating the group calls to gather information from us and to make sure they truly understand our current program. They were a pleasure to work with!

Tina Vessey

Early Head Start Director, Educational Service District #112, Vancouver, WA

FFF was very organized and thorough. They had great communication with us by email, attachments and phone calls. Any question we had was met with thoughtfulness and guidance to come to a clear understanding. I felt the final products were designed for our agency specifically.

The final update on the Community Assessment was very comprehensive and will change the composition of future Community Assessments in years to come.

Updating the Community Assessment was important and then making that connection to the actual grant writing was also valuable. Being able to feel good about the final draft of the grant was a huge relief.

Sue Beene

Head Start Director, Lubbock Independent School District, Lubbock, TX

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