Every three years, Community Action Pioneer Valley completes a community needs assessment for our service area as well as an evaluation of our operations. We base our three-year agency Strategic Plan on the information we learn.
The Community Assessment is part of the planning process for all the programs and services that Community Action offers. This graphic is from the national planning framework for all Community Action Agencies, called the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) framework.
Following these steps helps make sure we offer high quality programs that respond to the changing needs of people with low incomes in our area.
Our most recent community needs assessment was completed in July 2023 and includes the input of hundreds of community members with low incomes, CAPV staff, and partner agencies.
This assessment is the only local source of information dedicated solely to describing what it’s like to live in our region and struggle to get by with limited resources.
We asked people in our area to tell us about their struggles.
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This helps us find out more about the conditions affecting people living with low incomes in our area. Knowing this helps Community Action plan programs to meet community needs.
Some people read this just to be aware of the problems in our community and think about how they can get involved to help solve them. Some readers are from organizations who want to write a grant to address some of these issues and they use this information to make the case for why the funding is important.
We are excited to share this information and love when other people want to use it to help make our communities better! You are welcome to use the information contained in this document. We do ask that you give credit to Community Action as the source.
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