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Community needs assessments (CNAs) are systematic processes used to identify and analyze the needs of a specific community or population. The practice of conducting CNAs is rooted in the principles of public health, social work, urban planning, and community development. The primary goal of a CNA is to gather information about the strengths, weaknesses, resources, and needs of a community, providing a solid foundation for decision-making and strategic planning. This page provides tools, training and links for community action agencies to use as they work on CNAs

​This checklist suggests an approach that state monitors can use to support the assessment of a CEE’s
report to determine if the CEE met each of the standards related to the community assessment. Three
sections are contained within the checklist. 

The Data Hub acts as your entry into an online tool with multiple features that allow for the efficient use of data and mapping as part of a larger Community Needs Assessment process. Here, you can measure and visually represent the fundamental drivers of poverty in your community through an array of census data sets, a report generator, and a mapping tool.
If you are not yet a member of the Community Action Partnership Data Hub, you will need to register for a free account to use the tool.