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Conducting a community needs assessment

Mental health programs and services need to be relevant and responsive to communities’ needs.

This report explores best practices for conducting a community assessment in a social service context including components of assessment, methodologies, targeting strategies, types of questions and how community assessments are used in planning.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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