May 10, 2021
In an effort to better serve Champaign County residents, the RPC’s Community Services division is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to identify strengths and needs in the community. Champaign County residents are invited to provide their feedback by completing a community assessment online here. This link will remain active until July 3, 2021.
A Community Needs Assessment is a systematic process that creates a profile of the needs and resources of a community or target population. It is intended to produce a clear description of the specific causes and conditions of poverty in the community, while considering the existing resources available and the gaps that are preventing economic mobility.
“The purpose of this Community Needs Assessment is to ensure that the RPC is focusing resources on unique circumstances in Champaign County,” says Ashlee Salinetro, a Program Manager in the RPC’s Community Services division. “Getting feedback from our residents will help us avoid a duplication of services and allow the RPC to effectively use its resources in the best ways possible.”
The team assembled to assess the Community Needs Assessment once the survey is complete includes Salinetro, RPC Commissioners, and other members of the RPC staff. They will also utilize sources like U.S. Census data, 211 data, internal agency data, and customer satisfaction data.