Assess and understand community assets and needs
How to implement
- Take time from the very beginning to learn directly from residents about their community’s unique features and specific issues.
- Find out if a recent needs or situational assessment has been completed and if other local data exists. What are the gaps? Is more information needed?
- If more information is needed, consider ways to identify community assets and challenges, as well as current programs and resources.
Visit the Tamarack institute to learn more about Using Asset Mapping for Asset-Based Community Development.
Try this: Collaborate with local stakeholders and researchers to collect community data.
- During the early stages of an initiative, consider running a small pilot to explore potential benefits and challenges before scaling up the program.