Comprehensive Needs Assessment

This will include conducting meetings with several your communities to ensure that a very good cross section of the Tribe is represented. The answer to all your problems comes from the people. The meetings will be facilitated by several members of our team who are trained facilitators. Food will be shared with the participants and they will have an opportunity to share their concerns and dreams for their community. The data will be analyzed and put into the final comprehensive report. All cultural protocols will be followed.

Another part of the process will be conducting the Community Readiness Model. The Community Readiness Model was developed at the Tri-Ethnic Prevention Center at Colorado State University. It has been normed and validated in Tribal communities. It allows us to interview 10-12 community members and the way it is designed it is as if you had interviewed 300 people.

It is:

  • Very easy to use
  • It encourages the use of local experts and resources
  • It provides a vocabulary for communicating about readiness and is a metric for measuring progress
  • It helps create community specific and culturally specific interventions
  • It will identify other types of change efforts that are appropriate

The other part of the needs assessment will entail interviewing key staff which includes all the department directors, a number of the program directors, Tribal leadership and line staff. The interviews will take about an hour to complete. It will focus on what is working and what needs to be improved. Data will also be gathered from a variety of sources such as annual reports, BIA labor reports, HIS research, feasibility studies and other comprehensive needs assessments that have been conducted. All this information will be synthesized and analyzed before it becomes part of the final report.