Section 2:  Assessment and Planning

For community collaboratives, the process of developing a joint vision involves looking beyond the existing service system to develop a more comprehensive picture of what it would mean to create a happy, healthy community for families and children. 

Implementing such a vision requires ongoing discussions where individuals feel free to express their ideas and dreams until there is some consensus about which direction the collaboration wants to head.  With assessment and planning participants build upon their common purpose and use this vision and purpose as a framework from which all specific tasks, decisions and projects evolve.

As part of community systems development work, participants must engage in exploration of the goals and assessing the needs of the community. Once the data has been gathered, analyzed and summarized, assessments can be used to build support in the community and develop collaborative strategies to work toward established goals, including community wide strategic planning processes.  Further assessment includes defining collaborative leadership and planning for building leadership capacity of members in order to carry out the work. 

The work of assessment and planning is broken down through the following subsections; click on a subsection to learn more about the activities included and find available tools.