Cape Girardeau County Citizens Asked to Participate in Community Needs Assessment Survey

Citizens from Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City are being asked to participate in an electronic Community Needs Assessment Survey, which should be going out to the public on Feb. 16.

A community needs assessment is a systematic method of identifying local unmet human service needs and possible interventions to meet those needs. It encompasses the community’s perspective and identifies areas within that demonstrate success as well as those needing improvement. The United Way of Southeast Missouri and Community Caring Council are collaborating on the survey with the help of Element 74 to facilitate the comprehensive, county-wide needs assessment. This assessment is a result of the effort, participation, and contributions of a cross section of health and human services organizations, community leaders, and stakeholders that came together around the commitment to improve services for the betterment of the community. The last assessment survey was done in 2005.

Based on county population and other sampling factors, a sample size of 2,500 households was determined for the survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and individual results will be strictly confidential. The anonymous survey consists about quality of life, community improvement, health behaviors, personal health and access to health, and demographic information.

Soliciting statistically-valid feedback from community citizens is an important part of understanding the needs of the community and focusing efforts and resources that can effectively improve the overall health of the community. As such, all residents who receive a survey are encouraged to complete and return the survey. The survey is estimated to take approximately ten minutes to complete.

Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing for an iPad Mini by completing a registration form that is separate from the survey. It is designed so that individual surveys cannot be linked to the giveaway registration form.

Once the survey results are received, the process of collecting and analyzing of the results will begin. A final report and survey findings are expected soon after results are collected.

For more information, please contact the United Way of Southeast Missouri at 573-339-9634.

Information taken from a United Way of Southeast Missouri press release.