Community Needs Assessment

During nine months of 2003, United Way staff conducted a Community Needs Assessment, known as Compass II Project, in Sebastian and Crawford counties. The assessment is a snapshot of the most pressing needs of our area as determined by local citizens and community leaders.

Household, Key Informant and Service Provider surveys were distributed in Barling, Fort Smith and Greenwood in Sebastian County and Alma and Van Buren in Crawford County. Additionally, focus groups on five areas of concern were held in Fort Smith.

“The findings are based on the broadest range of opinions. It is not an in-depth statistical analysis,” said Angela Tilley, United Way Executive Director. “It gives an overview of the general opinions from area household and leaders regarding the issues facing the Crawford and Sebastian county areas. It is our hope that funders, as well as service providers, will use this information to inform and inspire their own decision-making. In addition, this project can be used to enhance and support issue-specific assessments already conducted by other organizations.”

If you have any questions please call United Way of Fort Smith Area, 479-782-1311.