The six recommended steps in the process of planning and conducting a community assessment are:
Step 1: Define the Scope
Step 2: Go Solo or Collaborate
Step 3: Collect Data
Step 4: Determine Key Findings
Step 5: Set Priorities and Create an Action Plan
Step 6: Share your Findings
Steps 1 through 3 should be considered an iterative and sequential planning process. Each step should be discussed independently. The information identified in one of the steps may change the approach to another step. For example, an organization may decide to collaborate with a key partner to complete the community assessment, but the key partner has to wait three months before it can start. The organization now has to decide if it wants to wait three months before beginning or decide to change the community assessment scope, look for a new partner, or move forward without a partner. Steps 4 through 6 focus on analyzing community assessment data.