2018 Community Needs Assessment

Lycoming County 2018 Community Needs Assessment

Community Needs Assessment 2018 Report for Lycoming County

Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc. partnered with the Lycoming County United Way (LCUW), First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), and the River Valley Health & Dental Center (RVHDC) to develop a mutually beneficial process for creating an overarching, comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CNA).

In support of this partnership, Lycoming College’s Center for the Study of Community and the Economy (CSCE) provided technical assistance and guidance in the CNA process. They collected qualitative data through telephone surveys and conducted data analysis and interpretation. The CNA combined objective and subjective data sets for Lycoming County including: demographic data, community surveys, customer surveys, partner surveys, and focus group meetings. The information presented in this document is the comprehensive analysis of the information gathered. Since the LCUW and the CSCE have worked on the CNA over the last 13 years, longitudinal data exists to illustrate the identified priority needs. This data plays a key role in understanding both past and current needs. The Critical Needs section of the report provides a broad view of the community and partner perception of needs in Lycoming County. Overall, seven key need categories were identified: Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Employment and Financial Stability, Families in Crisis, Housing and Homelessness, Medical and Dental Care, and Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. For the 2018 CNA, the topics of substance abuse, education, and nutrition were viewed as ubiquitous to each of the key need categories and, thus, were relevantly addressed in those sections of the 2018 CNA. Medical and Dental Care was also discussed at each of the focus groups and was also developed as a key need category.

The four partners of the 2018 CNA report intend the document to serve as a community resource and asset. The multitude of stakeholders in the community, including funding agencies, government officials, nonprofits, businesses, and institutions, are encouraged to use the information within. The CNA's value and utility will be realized only if it is embraced and used within strategic and comprehensive planning, grant writing, program development, and partnerships. Within the document, analysis of the data is illustrated in various ways, but by no means is it all-inclusive, as the data provided can and should be further examined to be most useful to the reader. While the 2018 CNA provides more analysis and data than previous assessments, it should be understood that there are limitations to the data. Additional questions are still left unanswered—most specifically, what should the community do now? The easy answer is to focus on the needs identified in the CNA, but long-term success is best achieved when each sector (nonprofit, private, and public) fulfills its individual role, mission, and set of programs in a collaborative manner. Only then can sustained and incremental change be achieved. Through a concentrated effort of cooperation and collaboration that focuses financial resources, human capital, and innovative outcome-based programming on the identified community needs, we will make Lycoming County a better place to live, work, and play.

Clinton County 2018 Community Needs Assessment

Community Needs Assessment 2018 Report for Clinton County

As a community action agency, Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc. is required to complete a Community Needs Assessment on a three-year basis. In 2015, STEP partnered with the Clinton County United Way (CCUW) to develop a mutually beneficial process for creating an overarching, comprehensive CNA. Even though, due to leadership changes at CCUW, the partnership did not continue for the 2018 CNA, STEP partnered with River Valley Health & Dental Center (RVHDC) to complete the 2018 CNA. Prior to making the effort collaborative, agencies were developing CNAs separately, yet the results were relatively the same. The key to the partnership is to maximize resources while eliminating duplication.

In support of this partnership, Lycoming College’s Center for the Study of Community and the Economy (CSCE) has provided technical assistance and guidance in the CNA process. CSCE collected quantitative data through telephone surveys and conducted data analysis and interpretation. The CNA combined objective and subjective data sets for Clinton County, including: demographic data, community surveys, customer surveys, partner surveys, and focus group meetings. The information presented in this document is the comprehensive analysis of the information gathered. Overall, seven key need categories were identified: Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Employment and Financial Stability, Families in Crisis, Housing and Homelessness, Medical and Dental Care, and Seniors and the Disabled Support Services. For the 2018 CNA, the topics of substance abuse, education, and nutrition were viewed as ubiquitous to each of the seven major categories and, thus, were relevantly addressed in various sections of 2018 CNA.  

The partners sponsoring the 2018 CNA report intend the document to serve as a community resource and asset. The multitude of stakeholders in the community, including funding agencies, government officials, nonprofits, businesses, and institutions are encouraged to use the information within. The CNA's value and utility will be realized only if it is embraced and used within strategic and comprehensive planning, grant writing, program development, and partnerships. Within the document, analysis of the collected data is illustrated in various ways, but by no means is it all-inclusive, as the data provided can and should be further examined to be most useful to the reader. Indeed, the analysis of the available data is purposefully limited specifically to encourage users of the CNA to analyze the results from each of their perspectives.