Readiness Assessment Tools

The goal of the Readiness Assessment is to provide a complete picture of the community and the community collaboration to inform the development of a broad prevention system. The Readiness Assessment comprises three sections that are completed by the collaboration.

The Readiness Assessment includes three sections: 

1. Description of the Community. Collaboration members contribute information to produce a narrative description of the geographic area that the group defines as community. This area can be part of one community (e.g., zip code areas), one community, one county, or several counties. The narrative should include information on demography, economic s, education, employment, history, culture, and social and political factors. 

2. Description of the Collaboration. Collaboration members complete the checklists in this section to summarize the type and structure of the community collaboration and other items such as sectors represented and shared activities. The information can be used to identify strengths and needs for development, e.g., representation from ‘missing’ sectors and recruitment of specific skills.  

3. Collective Impact Self-Assessment. This is a guide to rate the present status of the community collaboration across the five main conditions for Collective Impact. It should inform areas to develop. 

Information to complete each section should be gathered from members of the community collaboration. Working drafts of information from each section as well as the final product should be shared with members of the larger collaboration.  

Staff or consultants with Nebraska Children may be available to help facilitate the Readiness Assessment and efforts to increase readiness in specific areas identified by the assessment. The completed Readiness Assessment should also be useful for grant applications and planning future activities. 

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