A Needs Assessment of the Target Region and Population

Conduct a needs assessment of your target region and target population.

Gather demographic data on your community. Gather data on the problem within your community. State the needs experienced by your human services program’s population. You can also examine existing data on the extent of the problem for which your program will be designed by looking at your county’s health or mental health departments. Additionally, state human services agencies report data on the number of cases or a number of incidences of people served in hospitals’ drug or alcohol detoxification units. Identify the stakeholders in your community. Identify existing treatments and services in your community. Identify assets and limitations in the community.