The Carbon County Action Committee (CCAC)
retained Pedersen Planning Consultants (PPC) to complete a
Community Needs Assessment. The Community Needs Assessment is
one component of a Community Action Plan to be developed for
Carbon County through a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
award. The intent of the Community Needs Assessment was to
determine the low and moderate income needs and problems of the
people of Carbon County, and to propose solutions to those
Throughout the completion of this
project, PPC coordinated with the ten members of the Carbon
County Tripartite Board who are responsible for the
administration of the CSBG funds. PPC also used the CSBG
Program handbook as a guide to ensure that federal requirements
would be met.
A survey was developed using
SurveyPro software to gain specific information regarding
community needs. The two-page survey was mailed to target
groups in Carbon County, and resulted in a 15% return of
completed surveys. The results were summarized and documented.
Public meetings to gain input
from the general public were held in four locations of Carbon
County. The information gained from each public meeting was
summarized. A process to determine priority ranking of issues
was conducted with participants at each of the public meetings.
PPC interviewed select public and
private service providers throughout Carbon County. Specific
information such as available services, number of clientele,
income ranges, and other client criteria, agency funding
sources, and other relevant information was collected. In some
instances, only quantitative data was required of the agency.
In many interviews, service providers were also asked questions
to clarify and gain greater insights concerning issues that had
been raised during the public meetings, in the survey responses,
and through the review of quantitative data.