4.2  |  An analysis of the social and economic conditions of the community is conducted as part of information gathering for strategic planning and decision making


Assessing the social and economic conditions of a library's community is a key part of performing a community needs assessment to factors that should influence decisions about library services. Such an assessment involves using data from a variety of sources to learn about the income distribution, educational attainment, employment status, and other demographic information about residents, as well as the status of the community in terms of its economic development. Creating a community profile with this information can help libraries spot trends and look for opportunities to meet important community needs.


FOR THE ASSESSMENT

Answer Yes if you conduct a social and economic analysis of your community before undergoing strategic planning and use this information for decision making.

Answer No, but plan to in the next year if you have not conducted an analysis of the social and economic conditions of your community but plan to conduct one in the next year.

Answer No, would like to but cannot at this time if you would like to conduct an analysis of the social and economic conditions of your community but lack the ability to do so at this time.

Answer No, we have no plans to do so at this time if you have no plans to conduct an analysis of the social and economic conditions of your community to help inform strategic planning and decision making.