Community Assessments - Do you know where your children are?
Head Start Management Institute 2012
Dr. Betsy Morris, Planning for Sustainable Communities, Berkeley, CA
9am Welcome & Introductions
Purpose & Goals
· Review what’s required and what’s valuable about the CA
· Practice using the US Census website
· Walk away with essential data for your Service Area
· Have some fun learning with each other
· Tips for avoiding data overload!
· Learn how to create a successful roadmap
1. What is your role in completing the HS community assessment?
2. How are you feeling about the job? Confident? Bored? Worried?
Community Assessment Overview
· Uses/Monitoring Protocols
· Value and Strategic Uses
· Required Elements
o Best practices
o Involving Stakeholders
· Sample CAs, Tables of Contents , Tables and Maps
· Participatory Research
Invite folks to share; Pass around Community Assessments in the room (if any)
9:40 – TEAMS Present your CA
1. How did your agency’s last community assessment go?
2. What elements worked well?
3. What parts could be improved or made more useful this time?
4. What gift or skill do you feel you can best bring to the process?
5. What are your biggest questions? -- share on this
9:50 Getting the Eligiblity Numbers Fast -- Using the Census website
Review HANDOUT – How to Guide
10:00 LAB TIME
Exercise 1 - # of income eligible children in your Service Area?
Exercise 2 – mapping by census and block tract
Exercise 3 – generating community profiles data sheets
What’s going on in your community that could be affecting the # of eligible children and your agency’s ability to enroll them? How can you find out? More census analysis? Other methods?
10:30 Report Backs - What did you learn about your service area?
Problem sharing; issues; questions; advice
HOT LINKS & OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Review other online resources? (see handout)
Scorecards; Health, Disability Data, School Data
SUCCESS STRATEGIES CREATING A ROADMAP
Exercise: Team/Group – For each element create a roadmap of best practices, sources, and partners. (1-2 elements depending on # of teams) ID which special skills or gifts apply. DRAW
11:15 REPORT BACK ON ROADMAPS AND SPECIAL SKILLS
DRAW/POST team map
Whole group Comments and additions (post-its)
OTHER TOPICS as time permits
Parent Survey * Using 211 and other sites * Other
11: 30 Open Q&A
Group Discussion - Trouble shooting your agency issues
Sharing Other Resources and Links
11: 45 - CHECKOUT –
Summarize key points - Your Biggest takeaways
Kinetic Mapping – how do you feel now?
One word goodbye’s
PICK UP QUIZ when you turn in evaluation!!!