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Information Sources and Strategies for Determining Needs

 

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Conducting an Inventory of Existing ABE/ESOL Programs in the Community

A key step in the community assessment process is documenting existing ABE/ESOL services in the community. This information can be used to determine the amount and level of existing services and to identify gaps.  

Source: Adult and Community Learning Services Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Education

 

Guidelines for Writing a Comprehensive Assessment of a Community’s Needs and Assets

This guide includes “how-to’s” for assessing community needs, assets, implications/conclusions, and expectations.

Source: Adult and Community Learning Services Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Education

 

Gathering Basic Demographic Data and Creating a Community Profile

An important component of a community needs and assets assessment involves compiling a demographic profile that paints an accurate picture of the communities at hand through research, charting, and writing. A demographic profile provides the reader with an accurate description of the communities through various demographic statistics, which include, but are not limited to population, poverty, employment and income, education, and English proficiency.

Source: Adult and Community Learning Services Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Education

 

Local Partnering Agency Needs Assessment

This survey was developed to assist local programs in determining if agencies or organizations were in need of adult education services

Source:  Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, WV Department of Education

 

Massachusetts Data Sources for Community Needs Profiles

Developed by the Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) of the Massachusetts Department of Education, this table includes general data sources for population, income, household, and unemployment information, in addition to data indicators of need for family literacy services.

 

Massachusetts Data Sources for Community Assets Profiles

Developed by the Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) of the Massachusetts Department of Education, this table includes examples of data sources and contacts available within a state for information on education, child-related, health, social services, and transitional assistance services.

 

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