This worksheet was created by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project (http://www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org/) to support organizations doing inclusiveness work.
The information-gathering process begins with collecting data about your community. Your community is the geographic area that your organization serves, sometimes called your "catchment area."
Make sure you have internal agreement about the definition of your community.
- For example, if your organization is located in a suburban community, you will want to clarify whether your community is the whole surrounding metropolitan statistical area or whether it is limited to your suburban community.
- If your organization is rural, you may want to define community as the whole county or even a whole section of the state.
- Keep in mind that the U.S. Census generally tracks information by block, urban area, ZIP code, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), county, and state.
Define the "community" on which you will gather data and record that definition here:
Definition of Community
Name of Organization __________________________________________
Date Exercise Completed _________
- Step 1: Creating Structure
- Step 2: Consultants/Training
- Step 3: Making the Case
- Step 4: Gathering Info
- Scope and Strategy
- Defining Community
- Community Facts to Collect
- Community Fact-Gathering Plan
- Defining Field
- Field Facts to Collect
- Field Fact-Gathering Plan
- Organization Facts to Collect
- Organization Fact-Gathering Plan
- Identifying Stakeholders
- Reviewing Info-Gathering Topics
- Putting It All Together
- Who Will Compile Data?
- Making Numerical Comparisons
- Compiling Other Data
- Sample Stakeholders Survey
- Sample Likert Scale Responses
- Sample Narrative Responses
- Compiling Likert Scale Responses
- Compiling Narrative Responses
- Compiling Focus Group Data
- Step 5: Creating a Blueprint
- Step 6: Implementing the Blueprint
- Sample Documents
- Next Steps for Your Organization