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Vernon Research Group\'s PowerPoint presentation of the Community Needs Assessment-Final Report for the United Way of Muscatine and their partners

Vernon Research Group\'s PowerPoint presentation of the Community Needs Assessment-Final Report for the United Way of Muscatine and their partners

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Community Needs Assessment Comprehensive Report: Phase I—Data Mining Phase II – Community Leaders Phase III – Community Residents Phase IV – Service Providers United Way of Muscatine and its Partners: October 27, 2008 Presented by: Doug Wagner and Diane Nelson
  • 3. Presentation Outline <ul><li>Comprehensive Findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparative Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling the Story of Community Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving Focus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>
  • 4. Community Needs Assessment Partnership: City of Muscatine County Community Services Muscatine Community College Muscatine Community School District Unity HealthCare Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry United Way of Muscatine
  • 5. Community Needs Assessment Additional Funders: Alliant Energy Health Support Foundation Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
  • 6. Muscatine County, Iowa Four-Phase Community Needs Assessment: <ul><li>Phase I —Data Mining (Iowa State University) </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II — Community Leaders In-Depth Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Broad spectrum of interviewees identified by steering committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, education, business, faith-based, human services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many demographical backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interview instrument custom designed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicators, conversations with committee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviews lasted up to two hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducted March 8-April 3, 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Muscatine County, Iowa Four-Phase Community Needs Assessment <ul><li>Phase III — Quantitative Telephone-based Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Instrument custom designed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback from Phase I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee input </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media package deployed </li></ul><ul><li>380 Muscatine County residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Random sample </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representative of U.S. Census </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conducted May 9-May 20, 2008 </li></ul>
  • 8. Muscatine County, Iowa Four-Phase Community Needs Assessment <ul><li>Phase IV — Service Provider Study </li></ul><ul><li>Instrument custom designed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback from Phases I - III </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sent to 59 committee-selected service providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Reflective of breadth of service sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 Completes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed throughout month of July 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. Muscatine County, Iowa Four-Phase Community Needs Assessment “… let us celebrate all the wonderful happenings in Muscatine but not forget we have work to do to assure that everyone in Muscatine can enjoy our great facilities and quality of life.” - United Way of Muscatine Website
  • 10. Comparative Overview
  • 11. Comparative Overview—Agreement on assets <ul><li>Consensus among respondents — People choose to live in Muscatine because of community assets. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top among them, education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abundant natural resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A feeling of safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homegrown companies committed to Muscatine </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. Comparative Overview—Agreement on Assets <ul><li>Specific to Community Leaders, Local Residents and Service Providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community leaders identify citizen activists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community leaders are cited positively by both service providers and local residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service providers quick to identify dependable resources available within the community </li></ul></ul>
  • 13. Comparative Overview—Opinions on Challenges <ul><li>Community Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize poverty and the inadequacy of youth services as challenges but do NOT place them at the top of their priority list </li></ul><ul><li>See education, jobs and health care as primary challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Have a general uneasiness that those who succeed current industry and business leaders will not have the same level of commitment to the community </li></ul>
  • 14. Comparative Overview—Opinions on Challenges <ul><li>Residents (Quantitative Study) </li></ul><ul><li>Agree with community leaders that jobs and the economy must be a priority </li></ul><ul><li>Are satisfied with education </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel enough attention is being paid to services for teens in crisis and issues of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Are concerned that community leaders aren’t on the same page regarding community needs </li></ul>
  • 15. Comparative Overview—Opinions on Challenges <ul><li>Service Providers </li></ul><ul><li>In agreement on general priorities </li></ul><ul><li>See gaps between critical services and how well the community is currently attending to those needs </li></ul><ul><li>Scored services for teens highest in importance and lowest in performance </li></ul><ul><li>Also identified the need for services for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At-risk populations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-income individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seniors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those with substance abuse problems </li></ul></ul>
  • 16. Telling the Story of Community Challenges
  • 17. Telling the Story of Muscatine’s Future <ul><li>A Community Needs Assessment (CNA) is designed to determine needs </li></ul><ul><li>The community can bring assets to bear to help avoid, minimize and/or mitigate the problems </li></ul><ul><li>In Muscatine County, as with any community, the issues intertwine </li></ul><ul><li>By positively addressing one area, you can relieve others </li></ul><ul><li>Combining the findings of all three phases of the Muscatine County CNA, the story of a community emerges </li></ul><ul><li>Produces a direction for and vision of the future </li></ul>
  • 18. Telling the Story: From the Community Leader Viewpoint <ul><li>Community leaders require a higher level of awareness of critical issues within the community: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child abuse, teen pregnancy, the dropout rate, and domestic violence mentioned only once in an unprompted open-end question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty was seldom mentioned by community leaders interviewed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When asked specifically, many said these issues were not problems within the county. Yet… </li></ul></ul>
  • 19. Telling the Story: From the Community Leader Viewpoint <ul><ul><ul><li>Over 11% of county residents live below the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The county has a teen pregnancy rate of nearly 13% — ranking 11 th in the state (Iowa State University) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There is a high dropout rate , with 20% of residents never having graduated from high school (U.S. Census Bureau) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 82% of county residents don’t go on to college (U.S. Census Bureau) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In 2007, there were 152 confirmed child abuse reports, ranking Muscatine County 7 th in the state (Iowa State University) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Muscatine County has the second highest divorce rate in the state (Iowa State University) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 20. Telling the Story: Listening to the Residents* <ul><li>Muscatine County residents say poverty or the perception of poverty is a prevailing issue: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5,403 residents said they couldn’t afford housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,503 residents couldn’t afford food for themselves or their families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3,602 residents indicated they couldn’t afford shoes or clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,974 residents couldn’t pay their utility bills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,588 residents couldn’t find affordable day care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6,990 couldn’t find a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5,532 indicated they couldn’t afford the education they needed to help them get a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Results of responses of 380 community residents to quantitative survey </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Telling the Story: Listening to the Residents* <ul><li>Local residents say there is a greater need for services to help alleviate child abuse and provide assistance for families in crisis : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,631 residents needed help in dealing with substance abuse problems, and 3,045 in dealing with violence and/or abuse in the home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14,537 residents suffered from anxiety or depression , and 5,746 said they couldn’t afford mental health care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Results of responses of 380 community residents to quantitative survey </li></ul></ul>
  • 22. Telling the Story: Listening to the Residents* <ul><li>Residents say there is a need for services for teens and children in Muscatine County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7,333 residents needed assistance in dealing with teenagers or children with behavioral problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5,403 needed help for teenagers at risk of dropping out of school because of behavioral problems , and 4,760 because of academic problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Following are the results from a Kano analysis of 33 community attributes tested in the community resident quantitative study, showing a path for prioritization for services according to resident perceptions in Muscatine. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Results of responses of 380 community residents to quantitative survey </li></ul></ul>
  • 23. Perception and Importance Ratings (Appendix B) The Kano Model of Satisfaction <ul><li>The Kano Model of Satisfaction divides attributes into four distinct categories based upon regression analysis of importance and satisfaction ratings. </li></ul><ul><li>This analysis will provide important information about the drivers of quality of life within Muscatine County. In terms of assessing community needs for Muscatine County, using the Kano Model will help to prioritize resources—both human and financial—in order to optimize quality of life for community residents. </li></ul>High Excitement Low Threshold Performance Low High
  • 24. Overall Ratings (Appendix B) Threshold Attributes <ul><li>Typically, threshold attributes are a top priority. However, these only require adequate performance— typically a 3.5—but must be adequate to even begin to address the needs of local residents. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven of Muscatine County’s eight threshold attributes are performing acceptably at this time. It will be important, however, to monitor these attributes to make certain they do not weaken. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflected throughout this study is the need for more services for teens in the Muscatine community. At this time, they are inadequate. </li></ul><ul><li>Education attributes from multiple areas receive high marks. </li></ul>
  • 25. Overall Ratings (Appendix B) Performance Attributes <ul><li>These eight performance attributes are the most important drivers of overall satisfaction with quality of life in the community, and should be a top priority for Muscatine County. Remember, more is better with these community attributes, and the goal would ideally be a mean score of 5. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of opportunity for Muscatine County in these eight areas. Settling for adequate performance will actually decrease quality of life within the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Community leaders are being looked to for leadership in relational, social, and economic areas. </li></ul>
  • 26. Overall Ratings (Appendix B) Excitement Attributes <ul><li>Muscatine County is fortunate to have seven opportunities to create excitement with residents, create community unity, and raise the level of quality of life for locals. </li></ul><ul><li>These identified excitement attributes— if performed well —will do a great deal to bring residents together and raise the level of satisfaction among those who live in Muscatine County. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, these characteristics (again, if done well) will also attract new residents to the community. </li></ul><ul><li>As with performance attributes, Muscatine County needs to look into what can be done to raise the bar in these areas. </li></ul>
  • 27. Telling the Story: Service Providers—The Front Line <ul><li>With service providers, their different perspectives mean different priorities and viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>They have a perception that the leadership in Muscatine isn’t on the same page regarding where the focus should be in addressing community needs. Primary among them: </li></ul><ul><li>Teen and youth issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dropout rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of programs for local teens </li></ul></ul>
  • 28. Telling the Story: Service Providers—The Front Line <ul><li>Are concerned that community leaders aren’t familiar with certain challenges that providers have to deal with on a personal basis each day: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families in crisis without resources to assist them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service providers are also frustrated that when there are services available for local residents… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t know about them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They have no means of transportation to get to them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service providers acknowledge plentiful resources within the community; but… </li></ul><ul><li>They see large gaps in how resources are allocated to meet needs </li></ul>
  • 29. Findings – Meeting the Need (Appendix C: Service Providers’ Study) 1=Not at all important 2=Somewhat unimportant 3=Neither important nor unimportant 4=Important 5=Very important 1=Very poor 2=Poor 3=Average 4=Good 5=Very good 10% 62% 3.8 4.5 3/4.2 Services for the elderly 3.6 3.1 3.4 3.3 3.5 3.9 3.7 3.1 3.0 Performance Mean Rating 14% 29% 5% 57% 48% 55% 67% 60% 71% Percent Very Important 3.7 4.1 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.6 Importance Mean Rating 10% 3/4.6 Services for minorities 5% 3/4.3 Services for low-income people 19% 3/4.1 Services for people with disabilities 15% 3/4.4 Services for young children 3/4.10 Services for at-risk populations 3/4.5 Services for teenagers 5% 3/4.7 Promoting art and culture 5% 3/4.8 Protecting the environment 14% 3/4.9 Services for people with substance abuse problems Percent Very Good Q3. From the following list of community services, please indicate how important you feel each is in terms of serving Muscatine County’s specific needs. Q4. Considering both the amount of services available and the comprehensiveness of available services, rate Muscatine County for each of the following in terms of how well needs are being met.
  • 30. Findings – Immediate Challenges (Appendix C: Service Providers’ Study) <ul><li>Teen and youth issues are the prevailing concern among service providers. </li></ul><ul><li>Not far behind are jobs and poverty, two closely related issues. </li></ul>14% 3 Healthcare 14% 3 Child care—affordable, available 14% 3 Lack of affordable housing 19% 4 Families in crisis, programs for parents and children, family values 14% 14% 19% 29% 33% Percent 3 3 4 6 7 Number of Responses Transportation Education Poverty Jobs Teen/youth issues (i.e., pregnancy, dropout rate, substance abuse, programming, etc.) Q13. What do you see as the three biggest challenges facing Muscatine County today ? (Top responses)
  • 31. Telling the Story: C ommunity Activists and Volunteers—Unsung Heroes <ul><li>Muscatine County has many residents who care about their community and those in need. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>85% of residents have donated money to a local non-profit or community organization in the last year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well over half have volunteered their time within the last year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost 75% would be willing to volunteer their time, and over 70% would participate in community and community-building activities in the future </li></ul></ul>
  • 32. Telling the Story: C ommunity Activists and Volunteers—Unsung Heroes <ul><li>Volunteers are most interested in being involved in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for the elderly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for young children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for people with disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for low-income residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for minorities </li></ul></ul>
  • 33. Achieving Focus
  • 34. Achieving Focus Leading the Way to the Future of Muscatine County <ul><li>Muscatine residents know things aren’t as good as they could be; yet… </li></ul><ul><li>When asked what the most important thing their community could do to serve the needs of residents, a third did not have any idea what that would be </li></ul><ul><li>Among the other two-thirds, opinions varied widely and expressed more personally vested opinions than a community-wide focus </li></ul><ul><li>Muscatine County residents are asking their community leaders to set clear priorities and develop a coordinated focus on building capacity and strengthening their community </li></ul>
  • 35. Achieving Focus A Coordinated Effort <ul><li>What is the best way to prioritize critical resources in order to accomplish the best results? </li></ul><ul><li>Community leaders — Take the lead to seek out essential feedback from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents concerning what kinds of issues they are facing; and, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community activists and service providers —those people who are on the front lines each day </li></ul></ul>
  • 36. Achieving Focus The Future Within Reach <ul><li>Muscatine County is in the midst of the journey: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The data has been collected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The results have been analyzed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community leaders are motivated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local residents have weighed in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service providers desire a coordinated effort </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you make the best use of the research results in guiding the way to a focused, well-prioritized community action plan? </li></ul><ul><li>A true partnership between leaders, activists and service providers </li></ul>
  • 37. Conclusions Conclusions
  • 38. Conclusions <ul><li>Community Leaders: </li></ul><ul><li>Highly motivated and well intentioned </li></ul><ul><li>Less-than-ideal level of awareness of certain critical issues </li></ul><ul><li>See education as a top priority for Muscatine County </li></ul><ul><li>Education, however, appears to have met the threshold at this point </li></ul>
  • 39. Conclusions <ul><li>Local Residents and Service Providers: </li></ul><ul><li>Agree on areas which need immediate attention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens/children: the need for a place for teens to gather and activities to keep them engaged in positive behavior, programs to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy, help for teens at risk of dropping out of school because of academic or behavioral problems, the need for affordable day care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs : low-paying jobs, temporary employment, poor benefits, jobs moving out of town, people unable to find jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty : the need for low-income housing and more services for the poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care : the need for affordable/available health care, mental health care, and dental care </li></ul></ul>
  • 40. Conclusions <ul><li>Other major issues need attention as well such as the needs of the elderly and disabled , and the environment . </li></ul><ul><li>Also, it appears that many of the issues intertwine with the primary issues; for example, transportation needed primarily by the poor in order to get to jobs or job training education, or even transportation for seniors to get back and forth to medical appointments. </li></ul><ul><li>Local service providers seek to network in a formal, organized manner that will assist them in carrying out a coordinated plan. This will help them avoid duplication of efforts, and maximize the effects of valuable, limited resources. </li></ul>
  • 41. Conclusions <ul><li>Muscatine County is fortunate to have many assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The riverbank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local industry and business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent educational infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A population that feels a strong sense of community pride </li></ul></ul>
  • 42. Conclusions <ul><li>Most importantly, it is the people who live here </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Muscatine County possesses a strong volunteer base ; people who are willing to give not only their time, but also their money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muscatine is also fortunate to have service providers who sincerely care about getting the job done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In addition, there are strong leaders who are motivated and committed </li></ul></ul>
  • 43. Conclusions <ul><li>In going forth with a community-wide action plan , disparate groups of leaders, activists, volunteers and service providers will best facilitate quality of life in Muscatine County by coming together with a united focus and a clear recognition of community assets and challenges. </li></ul>
  • 44. Recommendations
  • 45. Recommendations: General <ul><li>Formalize a method for prioritization of focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The best source for community leaders in determining where to begin/focus seems to be local service providers, since their assessment of local needs is in line with what community residents are saying is the case. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local service providers need a formalized network, or umbrella organization, where they can meet or send representatives to work together to provide community leaders with a comprehensive assessment of where critical needs for services are in the community, and where those needs are falling short of being met. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate communication between service providers and community leaders, either by representation at meetings, regular reports, or some other means. </li></ul></ul>
  • 46. Recommendations: General <ul><li>Determine which issues/challenges interact with one another: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, working to provide adequate and relevant job training can also work to alleviate poverty. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find ways to most effectively use resources/assets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community volunteers, for example, are ready to go to work for their community; however, they need direction and an organized way to give them the opportunities to volunteer in areas in which they have particular interest. </li></ul></ul>
  • 47. Recommendations: Specific <ul><li>Services for teens: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This needs to be a top priority for Muscatine County. Teens need a place to go where they can interact with mentors, educators and counselors—both professional and volunteer—and to positively interact with each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can the highly rated educational facilities in Muscatine provide a physical place for this to happen? Would teens prefer somewhere away from school to gather after hours? Is there a specific service organization best equipped to take on this venture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus groups will help provide key insight. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for teens may work to improve the dropout rate, teen pregnancy rates, and substance abuse, as well as give important relief to families in crisis. </li></ul></ul>
  • 48. Recommendations: Specific <ul><li>Jobs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring the local high schools and Muscatine Community College together to create programs that are responsive to the needs of local employers. Ensure that those educational opportunities are accessible to those who need them: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program options for working adults </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program options for high school students who want to enter the workforce after high school </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child care options to eliminate barriers, both in terms of cost and availability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation availability for those who otherwise could not attend </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 49. Recommendations: Specific <ul><ul><li>Jobs, continued: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve local industry and business to guide educational offerings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask local industries/businesses to assist or facilitate activities which provide them with the qualified workforce they seek; for example, a physical place to locate a second-shift day care, transportation services for trainees, sponsorship of job candidates who will work for employers once they complete the required training, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the advantages of life in Muscatine County to attract a qualified workforce, with their families, to the community. Excitement attributes can guide these efforts, along with communicating performance attributes. </li></ul></ul>
  • 50. Recommendations: Specific <ul><li>Poverty and health care: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing for the needs of those living in poverty and those in need of health care services will take a concerted effort on the part of local organizations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A primary focus will be to reduce waste of limited resources because of duplication of efforts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This can be achieved by formalizing the umbrella organization for local service providers. </li></ul></ul>
  • 51. Recommendations: Specific <ul><li>Poverty and health care, continued: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate needs include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health care options, including mental health care and dental care, for those who are uninsured and/or unable to afford it, or perhaps have access barriers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation to allow residents to get to those services they need </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable, available housing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job training along with assistance to eliminate barriers to that training (daycare, transportation, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assistance with food, clothing, utilities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 52. Recommendations: Specific <ul><li>Poverty and health care, continued: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look to volunteers and business donors to assist in these areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recall that volunteers are ready, willing, and able to donate time and money to their community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They need to be told, however, how they can make the biggest impact and be guided to positions that will allow them to do so. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This can be facilitated by the formalized organization of service providers and community leaders. </li></ul></ul>
  • 53. Recommendations: Communicate <ul><li>In many instances, services that are sorely needed by Muscatine County residents are available, but they don’t know about them. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop methods to effectively communicate where residents can get the specific kinds of help they need; for example, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online directory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through churches, schools, health care providers, social organizations, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publications through the mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Section in telephone books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper advertising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public bulletin boards prominently placed </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 54. Recommendations: Communicate <ul><li>Examine performance attributes that were rated low in performance in order to determine if there is actually reason for low satisfaction, or if the services are available, but for some reason inaccessible or unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Always communicate reasons for Muscatine County residents to take pride in their community. </li></ul>
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