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USEFULNESS OF COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT METHOD

Dr. Prabhakar Chavan

Abstract:

This research article highlights on community needs assessment used in higher education. Community is defined as a geographic area; however, it can also be based on shared interests or characteristics such as religion, race, age, or occupation. Community requires assessment identifies the strengths and resources available in the community to meet the needs of children, youth, and families. The assessment focuses on the capabilities of the community, including its citizens, agencies, and organizations. It provides a framework for developing and identifying services and solutions for organizing educational programs and activities and building communities to support and nurture children and families. A community assessment may be limited to a compilation of demographic data from census records, results of surveys conducted by others, and informal feedback from community partners. Or, assessments may be expanded to include focus group discussions, town meetings, and interviews with stakeholders, and telephone or mailed surveys to partnership members and the community. Therefore, the community needs assessment method is very important while implementing any educational programs and activities within the community.

Keywords: Community, Assessment, Needs, Educational, Types and Tools.

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