Share Findings

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Now that you have taken the time to find out information about your community, you should allow the community to benefit from your findings. Community members will be more likely to support your efforts when they have a clear understanding of the work you have done and of what their community needs. The last step of your community assessment is to share what you have learned with others and to put your plan into action. To increase awareness of the findings, you can hold community meetings to share your report with community members, issue press releases to increase distribution to different media outlets, publish a brochure to summarize the key findings and actions, and put the full report on your website and the websites of your partners.

Share your findings with the community.

Here are some ways you can share your assessment findings with your community:

  • Hold a community meeting and share the report with attendees.  Be sure to invite stakeholders, partners, and prospective partners.  Invite the potential beneficiaries of the challenges you are seeking to overcome.
  • Issue press releases to local media outlets.  Send follow-up notes to press contacts to establish a relationship and generate investment in your cause.
  • Publish a brochure that summarizes the key findings.  Use the brochures to reach stakeholders and spread the word that you’re invested in finding solutions – you’ve explored the assets in your community that can be leveraged to change the problem you want to address.
  • Put the full report on your website.  Publicize access to the full report through the resources listed above.
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