Conducting a Needs Assessment
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.
Methods of Data Collection
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: During the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2017 Annual Conference an invitation will be distributed to each County Commissioner requesting completion of 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.