Worksheet 9

Developing A Written Report

Ways to Use this Worksheet

  • Use it as an outline for a written report for the community assessment.
  • Use it as an outline for presentations.
  1. Executive Summary including Community Priorities
  2. Purpose of the Community Assessment
    • Why the community assessment was done.
    • Community Assessment Goals and objectives

  3. Background
    • How the community is defined
    • General description of the community's history
    • Location, geography/physical characteristics (if applicable)
    • Summary of socio-demographic information
    • How the assessment came about
    • Who was involved
      Planning Group
      other community participation

  4. Description of the Community Assessment Process
    • Types of information gathered
      Statistical Profile
      Community Perspectives
      Community Resources
    • Methodologies/techniques used to collect the information
    • Process for setting community priorities

  5. Findings and Analysis
    • Statistical Profile
      Use tables, charts, graphs, maps
    • Community Perspectives
      Highlight common themes and supplement with key quotes from participants
    • Community Resources
      Highlight the breadth of services and supports available, where gaps, duplication exists
      Include list of community resources by target group, function (possibly an appendix)
    • Core Issues
      Synthesizing all the findings to develop a coherent picture of the community
      Summarizing core issues

  6. Community Priorities
    • Discuss the community's key priorities

Adapted from Edmonton Social Planning Council, 1988

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