Creating Your Program’s Full Community Assessment: Data-Driven Decision Making

As a Head Start or Early Head Start program, you are required to have a Community Assessment that is comprised of comprehensive data of the communities in your service area. The new Head Start Program Performance Standards designate specific data that must be included in the Community Assessment to describe community strengths, needs and resources. 

Comprehensive data about your service area is one of the essential elements in your program. It is a cornerstone to program planning and is needed to meet programmatic requirements. Community Assessment data is also needed for your Refunding Application, for other grant applications and for the Recompetition grant application.

We create comprehensive Community Assessments for Head Start & Early Head Start programs as well as Community Action Agencies. They include all of the required items in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (and, for Community Action Agencies, the regulations of your CAP programs).  As all of our services are custom designed, we will include any additional data that you request.     

Our Community Assessments include:

  • Aggregating and analyzing a multitude of data sources;
  • Comparing current data with past years’ data;
  • Colorful graphs and charts illustrating the data;
  • Key findings for each piece of data;
  • Highlights & considerations for each major section;
  • Survey results of your Staff, Parents, Board of Directors and Community Partners.

The Community Assessment will include an analysis of the data as well as a list of recommendations – in a user-friendly format. This will allow for data-driven decision making.

Are you looking for a Full Community Assessment in order to make critical programmatic decisions? Give us a call today at (713) 594-7060 or email us at deborahkaiser@hsessentials.com.