ABOUT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENTS
The Indiana Community Action Network (Network) is comprised of 22 Community Action Agencies (CAAs), which serve all 92 counties in Indiana. Every year, the Network analyzes community needs to identify strategies that will work best in addressing poverty. Additionally, a full-scale Community Needs Assessment is completed by each agency every three years to identify major factors related to poverty and the needs of local residents and their communities.
The first full-scale Community Needs Assessments took months of planning, training, research, and implementation of survey work, which resulted in a comprehensive look at the needs of the Network. The first full-scale Community Needs Assessments were completed in 2005.
These 2011 Community Needs Assessments are the third
full-scale needs assessments to be completed. The 2011 Statewide Community Needs Assessment report looks at the Network comprehensively and evaluates how the Network is meeting community needs statewide. It is our hope that the Statewide Community Needs Assessment will provide valuable data to the Network and will help the Network to target programs and services to address those with the greatest need in their communities. To view key findings from the statewide needs assessment click here.
Each of the 22 Community Action Agencies in Indiana has an Executive Summary tri-fold and full agency assessment. To find the tri-fold report for your community, click on the gray box to the right to find the CAA in which you live. For more detailed information concerning poverty and the Needs Assessment for your county, contact your local Community Action Agency.
The 2011 Community Needs Assessments were made possible by generous support from Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, who funded these Community Needs Assessments in whole or in part with CSBG-D funds.