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Community Needs Assessment
In Fall of 2010, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut (UWSECT), in partnership with L&M Hospital, hired The Center for Research & Public Policy to conduct a community needs assessment for New London County. This effort supports the UWSECT mission “To change our community by helping people in need through responsible use of donations,” and is part of its traditional funding cycle. This independent and professional survey offers an important update of data relating to known New London County needs and reveals beliefs about the unmet and/or rising needs held by a broad range of participants including residents, service providers, and community leaders. Research included phone and email surveys as well as focus groups and a review and compilation of secondary data such as poverty rates, town education data, housing statisitcs, etc.
UWSECT is pleased to release this data to the public. It is hoped that the information in the database will be used by fellow non-profits to assist in funding requests, by teachers and students in assignments and academics in research, by legislators and community leaders to gain a better understanding of our region, and by fellow funders to provide insight into funding priorities.
We welcome you to peruse the Community Needs Assessment summary, full report, and/or database using the links below and encourage use of the information in community efforts to help people in need.
Click on the chart above to view the DATABASE*
Coming soon... FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)!
*Database viewing and function works best with the most recent (2011) versions of many browsers including Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. If you encounter problems, please try an alternate browser. Pages may take a few moments to load. The database was built in the free version of Tableau reporting and analytics software.
NOTE: As a viewer, you do not have the ability to change the reports or any underlying data; therefore feel free to explore as you please and to download data using the navigation tools.
"Speaking as a service provider, this is one of the most important initiatives that United Way of Southeastern CT has implemented in the last several years: to REACH OUT and LISTEN to the people in our community"
Bev Goulet, Director, Norwich Human Services and member of the UWSECT Board of Directors
Many thanks to Dominion, Community Foundation of Eastern CT, and Connecticut College for their support and to Henry Rianhard, UWSECT Needs Assessment Working Group and IT Committee member, for his critical volunteer service developing the database display.