Organizational Needs Assessment
Moving Out is another detailed Needs Assessment (see "Needs Assessment Model"). Where Looking Out
assesses the needs of your community, who you can reach out to with new or improved services, Moving Out is a process where we identify the strengths and weaknesses
of your staff (paid employees or volunteers) in terms of meeting the needs of your clients or community.
For instance, you have set a goal to start a soup kitchen. Maybe you used our Fresh Start or Moving Out processes to
set that goal. Maybe you made your own observations and decided this was needed. You now have a new goal. What do you need to make it work? How will each staff
or volunteer be affected? Do their skills match your needs? Will you need to find additional staff or volunteers? How will you recruit them? Do you need to bring in a trainer
or send some people out for special training?
Community Empowerment Research facilitates a needs assessment process to identify just where you stand in relation to the goals you wish to meet.
As with Looking Out, the Moving Out process involves representatives of all levels of your organization and, if possible, clients as well.
A Needs Assessment Committee (NAC) is formed and meets regularly over several months. Generally, the Moving Out process takes less time than
the Looking Out needs assessment since less research is needed to understand the needs of the target population.
Since the Moving Out needs assessment is a long process with flexible options, the pricing is not fixed. The base price is $4,000,
with a sliding discount for smaller organizations. Appropriate demographic maps and reports are included. If there is a need to
survey staff, additional costs will be determined at that time. These usually run less than $1,000.
Moving Out involves numerous meetings coordinated by staff from Community
Empowerment Research, therefore, it is currently available only in New Mexico and parts of Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.