Community Assessment

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Primary contact information...
NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
Health Sciences Library
University of Washington Box 357155
Seattle WA , 98195-7155
United States
Susan Barnes is the primary contact.
Phone: 206.221.7425
Fax: 206.543.2469
Resource URL:
Region: Pacific Northwest

Description: This course will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach to design quality programs and garner support for those programs by taking the right first step: collecting community and needs assessment information about the groups of people who will be involved. By the end of the course, participants should know how to collect data that will create a picture of their target community, including its needs, assets, resources, and potential obstacles that may affect the success of health information outreach efforts. Participants will learn how to use existing data, such as US Census data, state data, and local resources in community assessment. They also will learn the type of information they should seek through interviews and surveys. The workshop will combine lecture with interactive group exercises that allow participants to work with data and plan community assessments. The webcast version of the course will be held: Wednesday, January 14, 2008 for Hour 1; Wednesday, January 21, 2008 for Hour 2; and Wednesday, January 28, 2008 for Hour 3. Time is 10:00 am Pacific Time all 3 days.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: None. this is a beginning class.
CE Contact Hours: 4
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Assessment/Evaluation, Consumer Health
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: · Identify different sources of data (e.g., organizational records, community members) that can be used in developing community profiles · Describe the strengths of different data collection approaches for gaining insight into their target communities · Develop a plan for conducting a community assessment · Identify people to interview to get a more local view of their communities · Use community assessment information for grant proposals


Face-to-face version:

Hour 1.	Introduction, Overview and Working with existing data

Hour 2.	Collecting Local Data

Hour 3.	Developing a Local Community Assessment Plan

Hour 4. Data Collection Methods; SWOT for Data Analysis

Webcast version:

Hour 1.	Introduction, Overview and Working with existing data; homework assignment to use existing data sources to create a profile of own county

Hour 2. Review of homework by discussing surprises and lacunae; Collecting local data and Developing a Local Community Assessment Plan; homework assignment create a local assessment plan for own county

Hour 3. Review of homework by discussing what can be learned by going beyond existing data sources; Discuss steps for implementing a local assessment plan; Review of major concepts

Need for This Course: The NN/LM established the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center with a goal of increasing the use of evaluation in the network to develop community-responsive outreach projects and demonstrate to partners and stakeholders that their efforts have made a difference. This workshop is one of four that have been designed to meet the OERC’s mission of providing training and consultation in evaluation of health information programs. This workshop has been designed in accordance with a trend in the field of evaluation called evaluation capacity building, which emphasizes evaluation strategies that keep program implementers and stakeholders centrally involved in the evaluation process by training them to evaluate their own programs: they learn to identify the type of data they need to make important decisions, collect data that is credible and useful to them, and learn to apply it in making important program decisions.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Case Study, and Problem-based.

Participant Materials: · PowerPoint slide handouts · Worksheets for class exercises or homework assignments . A list of resources for conducting community assessment · A copy of the OERC’s “Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects “ booklets by Olney and Barnes (Seattle, Washington: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, 2006).

Facility Requirements: The face-to-face version of this workshop requires a room with seating arrangements that will allow participants to face forward for lecture, but re-arrange chairs and tables for small group work. Instructors need a computer/projector set-up for PowerPoint slides. A flipchart, pens and tape are also needed. A connection to the Internet would be helpful. The webcast version of this workshop requires participants to have a computer with an Internet connection plus a telephone. This version includes homework assignments to be completed before the second hour and before the third hour. Because of that additional time requirement for participants, this version of the class is for 4 MLA contact hours.

Additional Evaluation: Face-to-face version: followup questionnaires sent to participants 6 months after they take the class to see how they have used the material. Webcast: similar followup questionnaires plus onscreen quizzes during each hour of the webcast. We will also email each participant a copy of the MLA CE evaluation form and will send MLA CE certificates when we receive completed evaluation forms.