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Do Your Homework: Community Assessment Scores An A+ Project


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Just as doing your homework is a predictor of success in school, conducting community assessments is a predictor of successful service. Working with a variety of local stakeholders is essential to implementing meaningful, sustainable, and capacity-building projects. In this session, you will gain a better understanding of various approaches to community assessments, along with strategies you can use to lay the groundwork for effective project development, implementation, and evaluation.

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Do Your Homework: Community Assessment Scores An A+ Project

  1. 1. Do Your Homework: Community Assessments Scores an A+ Project June 27
  2. 2. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Mary Jo Jean-Francois, Rotary International ● Shirley Pat Chamberlain, Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak, D5040 ● PDG Carolyn Johnson, Rotary Club of Yarmouth, D7780 Community Assessments
  3. 3. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Projects submitted after 1 July ● Information should be reflected in your application or in attached documents ● Can be conducted by Rotarians, cooperating organization, or in conjunction with local government officials Community Assessments
  4. 4. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Trustee Decision ● Best Practice ● More sustainability Why Community Assessments?
  6. 6. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Multiple (2+) stakeholder groups ● Formal methodology used ● More than just infrastructure assessed ● Description-needs and assets ● Connect the dots Quality Assessment
  7. 7. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Submitting the same assessment for multiple communities ● Submitting an application without a community assessment ● Designing a project that doesn’t meet identified needs What can’t be done
  8. 8. We’re here to help! Thank you!
  9. 9. Write to Read BC: An example of ‘doing your homework’ Shirley-Pat Chamberlain June 27
  10. 10. •Write to Read BC project •Why do a Community Assessment? •It’s all about the “with”! Shirley-Pat Chamberlain Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak
  11. 11. “A book is a fork in the road. It’s a turning place. It has the power to create a different future”. ~ Steven L. Point
  12. 12. 80+%Of Indigenous communities in British Columbia do not have access to adequate literacy resources.
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  14. 14. The Hummingbird Nest Library 100% “Thank you – We love reading”!
  15. 15. LITERACY is the thread that weaves together all social determinants of health.
  16. 16. Lessons learned and opportunities PDG Carolyn Johnson June 27
  17. 17. Six months of recommendations and strategies, all carefully compiled, were discarded and a new direction was formulated. Community Assessment: We tried to prepare for the trip… The team was enthusiastic about their own teaching, knowledge and best practices…. so we went ahead and compiled curriculum, assessment, and research materials that we hoped would meet the needs of educators at our destination. We were surprised to discover our hosts’ level of involvement and commitment to early education…
  18. 18. It saves time, improves your project’s impact, maximizes effective use of funds & resources Benefits of Community Assessments?
  19. 19. Build relationships, build trust
  20. 20. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Work with well-respected local person or group to introduce you to the community stakeholders ● Talk with a wide variety of stakeholders (parents, business people, government, teachers, administrators, students) ● Don’t make promises Consider yourself an outsider
  21. 21. Every community is different • don't assume you know what a community needs (or can manage) • be wary of straight replication programs
  22. 22. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Broad data is a start, but local data will focus your efforts (personalize to the community) ● Listen to what is already in place, existing resources and interventions (what worked, what didn’t) ● Where to begin, what the beneficiaries can accept (conceptualize) Know the community well
  23. 23. Build systems, local advocacy, community engagement
  24. 24. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Who are the leaders (formal and informal) ● Meaningfully involve the community in the decisions ● Area NGOs/resources with background information, expertise ● Develop networks that will facilitate lasting change Identify local assets
  25. 25. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS ● Research to help solve problems ● Evidence to inform decision-making that brings behavioral change ● Build capacity within the community ● Enable the community to be dignified agents of their own destiny Community Assessments: Begin with an open mind