Grants Chair

 

GLOBAL GRANTS

 

By
Hank Lander
District 6980
District
Grants Chair

All Global Grants require a Community Assessment.

Assessing your community’s strengths, weaknesses, needs, and assets is an essential first step in planning an effective project. By taking time to learn about your community, you can discover the most relevant opportunities for projects and maximize your club’s ability to make a meaningful impact.

A community assessment can help you get a better understanding of the dynamics of your community and help both you and the beneficiaries make important decisions about service priorities. Even if you’re actively involved in your community, an assessment can reveal additional strengths and opportunities for growth.

Perhaps you’ll find a new way to address a known issue. Before you start an assessment, consider what you specifically want to learn about your community. An effective assessment will reveal things you did not know before.

Doing an assessment also helps you build valuable relationships and encourages community members to actively participate in making lasting improvements. It’s a critical first step in creating trust, community ownership, and sustainability.

Having casual conversations with just one or two people isn’t an effective way of finding out what a community needs. Assessments should be systematic, involve a wide variety of community stakeholders and beneficiaries, and engage them in a meaningful way.

Six community assessment tools that work. The six assessment methods presented here aren’t exclusive. You can combine or adapt them to best suit your club’s resources and the preferences of the people you wish to engage with.

Community Assessment Tools

Community meeting

Focus group

Survey

Asset inventory

Interview

Community mapping