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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.