Community Resource and Needs Assessment Solutions
Our Community Asset and Needs Assessment Solutions are designed to highlight specific community issues and help organizations better respond to identified needs. Using a best practice framework for conducting high quality community needs assessments, our approach combines data from various sources to assess both existing assets and current needs. Services are tailored to the specific community or region, but specific approaches may include:
DCG partnered with a local mental healthcare organization to conduct a comprehensive community mental health study. The study covered a four-county region and involved both primary and secondary data collection. Specifically, DCG surveyed mental health providers, schools, and other community stakeholders to determine the resources available to meet the mental health needs of residents in the region. Multiple organizations and groups, including local healthcare organizations, have used this information to address mental health issues and plan for continuum of care strategies.
DCG was selected as the research partner for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant, which provides federal funding for communities to utilize place-based strategies to address crime. The research partner’s role is to review crime and other community data to identify crime hot spots and crime drivers. The project involves ongoing collection and review of crime and crime-related data to monitor the impact of initiatives designed to reduce crime in the neighborhood of focus. A key strategy to achieve this is a comprehensive neighborhood survey that is administered to residents and businesses. This project is highly collaborative and involves intense planning by a cross-sector group of neighborhood stakeholders.