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Welcome to the Community Action Partnership’s Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CCNA) Tool and Mapping Hub. The Hub acts as your entry into an online tool with multiple features that allow for the efficient use of data and mapping as part of a larger Community Needs Assessment process. Here, you can measure and visually represent the fundamental drivers of poverty in your community through an array of census data sets, a report generator, and a mapping tool.

Using the Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CCNA) Tool

The CCNA Online Tool provides a significant amount of the secondary data that will assist you in completing comprehensive community needs assessment with the click of a button.

The CCNA tool allows you to:

  • Select state(s) and county(ies) to be included in your report (i.e. Indiana, Porter County; New York, Albany County, Rensselaer County, Schenectady County);
  • Select specific data elements (Demographics, Employment, Education, Housing, Income, Nutrition, and Health Care);
  • Preview a draft report;
  • Download a draft report onto your desktop in a Microsoft Word document that is fully editable. From there you can add text, tables, maps, etc., delete unwanted sections, and modify it any way you need.
  • Advanced uses include mapping specific poverty indicators to extended geographies such as census tract and congressional district.

Using Maps & Data to Support Your Community Needs Assessment Process

The Mapping Tool will allow members to create maps based on a variety of data sets such as the American Communities Survey or the Current Population Survey. Members can map indicators found in the data sets down to the census tract level and can further refine their maps by uploading data of their own design.

       CAP Map 3                    CAP Map 1                     CAP Map 2
   Children in Poverty Experiencing Food Insecurity                      Population Below Poverty/Housing Assistance                          Population in Poverty by Disparity Index

For more information on community needs assessments as they relate to the Community Services Block Grant click here to access A Community Action Guide to Comprehensive to Community Needs Assessments produced by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP).

Try it out now to see how easy it is to get a jump on your CSBG Community Needs Assessment or Head Start Community Assessment. For more information, contact the National Training Center at TTAsupport@communityactionpartnership.com

This online resource was developed by the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri and the Institute for People, Place and Possibility in cooperation with the Community Action Partnership’s National Training Center, the Missouri Association for Community Action, and the New York State Community Action Association. This tool is FREE to Community Action Agencies and Other CSBG Eligible Entities.

All recordings were created by National Association of Community Action Agencies – Community Action Partnership in the performance of the U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Grant Number 90ET0428.  Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

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Welcome to the Community Action Partnership’s Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CCNA) Tool and Mapping Hub. The Hub acts as your entry path into an online tool with multiple features that allow for the efficient use of data in mapping as part of a larger Community Needs Assessment.

Hub Admins
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Hub Moderators
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