Step 1: Assemble your Team
January - March
Your team should consist of your ELC members, unit staff and faculty and any other major stakeholders not represented on your ELC. Explain the purpose the situation analysis process and outcomes and prime them to begin thinking broadly about potential community issues.
Step 2: Determine your new data collection methods
March - May
Recommended method: In conjunction with your team, review the VCE Statewide Needs Assessment Survey and adjust need statements for your community. It is also acceptable to use the survey “as is.” Determine survey distribution with a focus on reaching an audience that reflects the diversity of your unit.
Alternative Method 1: In conjunction with your team, conduct focus groups around the county/city to determine what issues will be included in the community survey. Adjust survey accordingly and distribute to an audience that reflects the diversity of your unit
Alternative Method 2: Conduct community forums across the unit to capture potential needs.
Please note: All these methods require IRB review. Please talk to Sarah Baughman about your final plans and she will assist with any IRB review.
Step 3: Review your unit profile
April - June
VCE is pleased to have a new data dashboard launching in April. Units will be able to download a wide variety of data include general census data, agricultural data, family data and health data. Plan on reviewing your unit profile early so you can further explore any issues that emerged as you plan your data collection (Step 2).
Step 4: Begin collecting data
May – July
Once you have an IRB determination letter you can begin data collection. In most cases this will involve distributing an online survey. Surveys can also be completed on paper and added to Qualtrics manually or iPads can be used to collect data.
Step 5: Analyze data with your team
August – September
In conjunction with your SA team review the results of your survey / forum data and unit profile. What do the data tell you about your community? What issues need more effort? What issues need less effort? Can you identify trends in the data compared to the last SA or unit profile information? How is your community data similar to or different than the state data?
Step 6: Determine priority issues
October – November
In conjunction with your SA team review the data analysis and determine the priority issues for your unit. To determine your priority issues, examine the issues that emerged as needing the most effort from VCE and determine if/how VCE can provide educational programming to solve the issue. Many issues will likely require collaborative efforts across VCE program areas and/or community partnerships. Involve your ELC and local government officials in discussions about prioritizing needs.
Step 7: Document your efforts and provide your priority programming in unit report
November - December
What educational Programming will the unit prioritize to address priority community issues? A report template will be provided by the state office.
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February 17, 2023