We have extensive training and experience in a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and a wide variety of tools used to analyze those data. We can help you with projects involving any of these methods, including selecting which tool(s) will work best with your community and clients, and how you want to use the information you gather.
Community Needs Assessments
Sometimes you need to take a look at what is going on in the community to confirm that your programs are on the right track, to identify potential gaps in service, and to help inform strategic planning decisions. We have done multiple community needs assessments, and have experience using a wide variety of data sources to help organizations shape their goals and programs.
Surveys are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to collect information from a large number of people in a short amount of time, but it takes skill and experience to create an effective survey instrument. We have experience constructing, implementing and analyzing both paper and online surveys, and are skilled in using a number of online survey tools.
We create customized data collection tools, culturally responsive, based on the needs of your organization, your funders and the communities you support. This includes creating customized forms for you to easily collect the data you need, without creating more work for you or your staff. This includes intake forms, tracking forms, and other types of documents you use in your operations.
We have extensive experience analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data, using a wide range of analysis tools. We can analyze your data, or supplement your story with local, regional, national or international data. We have experience working with big datasets, such as the U.S. Census Data, small projects, and highly confidential data. We have analyzed the data collected from all of the methods mentioned here, and more, and have written up the analyses for a wide variety of audiences. We can support your data analysis needs using customized approaches and tools (Excel, Stata, SPSS and more) based on your organization’s capacity. We can help you tell your story in a way that really packs a punch.
Data are often easiest to understand when they are presented visually. When data are presented on an interactive map of the area you serve, it is downright exciting! We can use data from your organization to display your impact, communicate your barriers, or make strategic decisions.