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Community Assessment    Resources   Prof. Linda Weinberg
A Community Assessment Is a Description of a Community and its People.• It is used to determine what services might be nee...
Useful Resources for Assessing         a Community • Observational    • Personal Interviews of Residents    • Windshield S...
Community Assessment Guide         Examples• Pace University (New York)– Community Asse• Maryville University (St. Louis) ...
1st Place to Search: http://www.census.gov/
What is a Census Tract?Census tracts are small, relativelypermanent statistical subdivisions of acounty.
Use American FactFinder            to find a Census Tracthttp://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
Click on Address Search
Type in an Address
Under Results, Click Census Tract    then Close the Window
Census Tract Statistics for a   specific community
Next Place to Search:Infoshare Online Database
Infoshare Online Database• New York State and NY City population statistics,  immigration trends, socio-economic indicator...
Health StatisticsAdelphi Guide on Finding Health Statistics     http://libguides.adelphi.edu/healthstatistics
Community Resource Database of Long Island
Get Additional Information From     Your Local Public Library• Nassau County Public Libraries  http://www.nassaulibrary.or...
State and County Government              Websites• New York State: http://www.state.ny.us/• New York City: http://www.ci.n...
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  1. 1. Community Assessment Resources Prof. Linda Weinberg
  2. 2. A Community Assessment Is a Description of a Community and its People.• It is used to determine what services might be needed in a community and how those services might best be provided.• Conducted by health care professionals, government entities, social service providers, educational institutions, businesses, and anyone interested in providing a service to or for the community.• A good article about community assessment: "A Critical Skill for the Future: Community Assessment," by Susan S. Gerber . The appendix has suggested sources for finding different types of community information.
  3. 3. Useful Resources for Assessing a Community • Observational • Personal Interviews of Residents • Windshield Surveys (personal observation of a community from a drive by) • Official Archives • Census Data • Chambers of Commerce • Departments of Health • Secondary Sources • Books, Maps • Periodical articles • Web Sites (Note: the Web can contain observational, official, and secondary sources.)
  4. 4. Community Assessment Guide Examples• Pace University (New York)– Community Asse• Maryville University (St. Louis) – Community A – In depth example of Granite City, Illinois
  5. 5. 1st Place to Search: http://www.census.gov/
  6. 6. What is a Census Tract?Census tracts are small, relativelypermanent statistical subdivisions of acounty.
  7. 7. Use American FactFinder to find a Census Tracthttp://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
  8. 8. Click on Address Search
  9. 9. Type in an Address
  10. 10. Under Results, Click Census Tract then Close the Window
  11. 11. Census Tract Statistics for a specific community
  12. 12. Next Place to Search:Infoshare Online Database
  13. 13. Infoshare Online Database• New York State and NY City population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local economic data, and more. Search by Census Tract, zip code, village, town, city, etc.• Pace University’s great video about how to search the Infoshare database: http://videoserv.pace.edu/library/infoshare.wmv• Find Infoshare in the A-Z list of databases on the Adelphi Library home page
  14. 14. Health StatisticsAdelphi Guide on Finding Health Statistics http://libguides.adelphi.edu/healthstatistics
  15. 15. Community Resource Database of Long Island
  16. 16. Get Additional Information From Your Local Public Library• Nassau County Public Libraries http://www.nassaulibrary.org/list/nasslist.html• Suffolk County Public Libraries http://www.live-brary.com/about-live-brary• New York Public Libraries (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island) http://www.nypl.org/locations• Queens Public Libraries http://www.queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?section_id=12&• Brooklyn Public Libraries http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/branch_libraries.jsp
  17. 17. State and County Government Websites• New York State: http://www.state.ny.us/• New York City: http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/• NYS and NYC Counties: http://www.nysegov.com/citguide.cfm?context=citguide&conte• Counties, cities, towns, and villages in New York State http://www.nysegov.com/citguide.cfm?context=citguide&conte a

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