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Assessing Community Needs

Needs assessment requires that we take time to determine what issues the community feels are most important to address, and what resources are available to bring about change.
Environmental Scan:  A quick exercise to help groups begin to identify trends that might influence program planning.

County Specific Demographics:  Numerous links to demographic data related to programming.

Reaching New Audiences Module: KSRE Board leadership module that helps board and PDC members examine local demographics and identify audiences not being reached by extension programs.

Working with Groups (Facilitation Tools)

Additional Resources: The following resources have been selected to provide a more in-depth learning, details and supplementary activities to the topics presented on this webpage.

SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats:  A tool to guide groups in the process of program planning.

Diverse Audiences: Powerpoint presentation on the changing demographics of the U.S. and the implications for program planning.

Community Toolbox:  Assessing Community Needs and Resources
:  In-depth information about needs assessment and includes many options for gathering information.