Needs Assessment Overview

Community Needs Assessment

The United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County engaged the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) at Penn State Harrisburg to undertake a Community Needs Assessment to help them better understand and document their local community needs and issues. The activities undertaken by ISRA are documented individually in specific stand-alone reports (listed below) and culminate in a Final Report offering observations and recommendations.

The individual reports include:

Volume I: In-Depth Interviews of Community Stakeholders
Volume II: Focus Groups
Volume III: Community Survey of Residents
Volume IV: Demographic and Socioeconomic Background Research
Volume V: Final Report and Recommendations

The project team from the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg included:

Michael Behney, Director, Overall project coordination
Dr. Auden Thomas, Director, Center for Survey Research, Primary data collection coordination
Stephanie Wehnau, Associate Director, Center for Survey Research, Survey instrument development
Nicole Sturges, Project Coordinator, Focus group moderator
Tim Servinsky, Research Associate, Survey tabulation and analysis
Sue Copella, Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center, Demographic data collection coordination
Jennifer Shultz, Associate Director for Operations, Pennsylvania State Data Center, Demographic research
John Maurer, Project Associate, Pennsylvania State Data Center, Demographic research
Larry Meyers, Project Associate, Pennsylvania State Data Center, GIS/Mapping
Erik Li, Director, Information Technology Center, Online systems coordination
Dave Horan, Programmer, Information Technology Center, Website development
Chris Gulotta, Principal of The Gulotta Group, In-depth interviews
Dr. Robert Garraty, CEO of Garraty Workforce Investment, In-depth interviews

Assistance from United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County was provided by:

Sherrie L. Davis, Executive Director
Barrie Ann George, Community Impact Director
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