County level needs assessments provide a means for Extension to determine the issues important to the communities we serve. There are many methods of learning about community needs, including the use of existing data, conducting surveys, community forums, focus groups, and working with advisory committees. County level needs assessments are part of the larger statewide priority setting process for determining which issues and programming needs are most important and how issues can best be addressed with our current resources and capacity.
Summarizing Your County Data
Methods of Data Collection
Secondary Data: The County Profile provides a variety of metrics related to county population, demographics, educational attainment, economy, employment, health, environment, and agriculture. The dashboard is interactive and designed for online viewing; however, a pdf version of the profile can be downloaded by first setting your county filter on each tab then clicking download at the bottom of the screen, select pdf, generate, and download.
County Manager Interviews: Each District Extension Director (DED) will conduct interviews with the County Managers in each county in their district and request they complete a follow-up survey. The County Manager Interview Guide provides instructions and data collection instruments needed to conduct the interview and survey.
County Commissioner Survey: County Extension Directors (CEDs) will reach out to their respective County Commissioners and invite them to complete an online survey prioritizing county needs for Extension programs and services. The County Commissioner Survey Guide provides instructions and data collection instruments for the Commissioner Survey.