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Conducting a community assessment 7-2011

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Conducting a community assessment 7-2011

  1. 1. Conducting a Community Assessment Addressing DV and/or SA Presented by Vicki Ybanez Red Wind Consulting, Inc. www.red-wind.net
  2. 2. <ul><li>A broad look across agencies, systems, and community members to learn more about the circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>It gathers information from many different individuals and groups in the community; the types of information depend on the partnership's focus and the resources it can draw on to conduct the assessment. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Building collaborative partnership <ul><li>Clearly understand the context in which sexual assault is being addressed or not addressed and the issues the community want/need to address; </li></ul><ul><li>Locate hidden strengths or underutilized resources that could be developed; </li></ul><ul><li>Determine which resources could contribute to comprehensive strategies , and in what way; </li></ul><ul><li>Design effective, collaborative strategies that engage the community because they respond to real and important conditions; and </li></ul><ul><li>Empower the community members by giving them a role in designing and implementing the strategies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The process of conducting a community assessment <ul><li>Scanning the community to locate existing information </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a focus </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying community assets and the degree to which they are accessible to the people who can benefit from them </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing the information obtained through the first three steps </li></ul>
  5. 5. Guiding Principles of Community Assessments <ul><li>A clear vision statement should guide the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>An assessment should focus on specific topics </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment is an ongoing process. </li></ul><ul><li>An accurate assessment views the community from multiple perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>An effective assessment takes an in-depth look at diversity within a community </li></ul>
  6. 6. Initial Information Gathering <ul><li>Identify characteristics of your community </li></ul><ul><li>Who has criminal jurisdiction over (sex crimes) committed in your community? </li></ul><ul><li>Which agencies are involved? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the incidence of (sexual assault) within your community? </li></ul><ul><li>Are community members aware of what to do if a (sexual assault) occurs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the barriers to getting and providing immediate help? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Agency/Discipline Specific and Coordination Information <ul><li>Note that questions for criminal justice agencies apply to response described in the “focus”. </li></ul><ul><li>How does each discipline/agency respond? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If more than one agency within a discipline responds, consider each agency’s response. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Victim Advocacy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prosecution </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other services </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Matching (Comparing) Information 
 <ul><li>Use multiple sources/methods for informing the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons of information collected from several sources can reveal important trends. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mapping Assets/Responses <ul><li>Mapping helps to create a visual for identifying gaps, linkages, steps, etc. </li></ul>911 call Squads investigate Arrest No arrest Arrest report Non-Arrest report Jail Arraignment hearing No-contact order Conditions of release Pre-Trial/ hearing Trial Sentencing Monitoring/probation Non-bondable offense status preferred Victim needs assessed and plan developed from options Squads carry victim advocate notification cards Victim Advocate notified Advocate responds Other needs addressed when appropriate Emergency medical services (EMT)
  10. 10. Strengths and Areas for Improvement Identified <ul><li>Define and evaluate the success of current response within the “focus” </li></ul><ul><li>Create recommendations for enhancing or improving responses </li></ul>
  11. 11. A Good Community Assessment <ul><li>Is guided by its vision statement. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing the principles and goals expressed in your vision statement will help your partnership keep on track. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Has comprehensive strategies that are victim-centered/survivor-centered. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can prioritize and differentiate the information you have collected by starting with information gathered from victims/survivors. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Has collaborative partnerships and comprehensive strategies that respond to multiple perspectives. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comparing information on the same assets and issues collected from various sources will help you see patterns, trends, and disparities. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Vicki Ybanez Phone (866) 599-9650 ext. 214 Fax (866) 804-6305 eMail [email_address] www.red-wind.net

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