You need to be strategic and plan ahead as you establish your process.
- Decide on the structure you will use. For example, the team might be a work group composed primarily of members of existing committees and functioning groups in the Head Start program, or it could involve the creation of a new community assessment committee.
- Select team members from the agency and from the community at large.
- Make sure each staff member's time has been "freed up" or partially reassigned by their supervisor so they have the necessary time to devote to the community assessment.
- Ensure all participants are orientated to understand the importance of the community assessment and its impact on the provision of Head Start services to children and families.
- Identify the resources you will need to implement the process; examples include the translation of key pieces of information for parents, additional clerical support, and scheduling meetings in conjunction with other activities.
Be strategic and plan ahead as you establish your community assessment process.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: August 4, 2023