The first step in developing a community program is conducting a needs assessment. A parish, regional, or state-level needs assessment provides an opportunity to identify the issues of the communities across our state. There are many ways to assess community needs, including using existing data, conducting surveys, community forums, focus groups, and working with advisory committees. Parish-level needs assessments are part of the more extensive statewide priority-setting process for determining which issues and programming needs are essential and how problems can best be addressed with our current resources and capacity.
Methods to collect information on community needs may include:
The following resources provide additional information on conducting need assessments.
More information on conducting a community needs assessment will be available soon.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture