Community needs assessment plan developing interview questions

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When you carry out a community needs assessment, it is useful to interview stakeholders (referred to as informants) to better define the problem that you are addressing, achieve a common understanding of it, and reach an agreed upon scope for the assessment. The informants whom you interview should be well versed in the problem, either through personal experience or professional expertise, and should be able to see it from different perspectives.

Identify one informant whom you could interview if you were to carry out your community needs assessment plan. Then, you will develop a series of open-ended interview questions to ask the informant. 

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources on interviewing an informant for a community needs assessment. Consider the examples of questions that are provided and think about how each would help to better define a problem or achieve a common understanding of it. In addition, think about which questions you would ask to reach an agreed upon scope of the community needs assessment.
  • Reflect on the team that you assembled last week for your community needs assessment. Identify one stakeholder (referred to as an informant) that you would interview and consider why you chose this stakeholder over the others.
  • Think about the open-ended questions that you would ask the informant to better define the social problem, achieve a common understanding of it, and reach an agreed upon scope of the community needs assessment. 

Post a brief description of the social problem that you chose for your Final Project. Then, describe a stakeholder (referred to as an informant) from the team that you assembled last week that you would interview to learn more about your social problem. Explain why you selected this stakeholder to interview, rather than the other stakeholders on the team. Finally, post five broad, open-ended interview questions that you would ask the informant to help you better define the problem, achieve a common understanding of it, and reach an agreed upon scope of the community needs assessment. 

Running head: COMMUNITY NEEDS 1


Name: Tiumalu Faiileono

Course: HUMN 6785 Comment by Vania J. Bright: Here is what I was looking for in your assignment. See the rubric for points earned. Note that my use of yellow highlighting was for me to identify and note key statements. Green highlighting in this comment indicates to you where I saw a missing component.
Refine the Problem Statement. Refine your problem statement, based on what you learned from your peers, your Instructor, and/or the Learning Resources this week and in previous weeks. Up to 2.5
Develop a Vision Statement. Develop a vision statement of what the problem would look like if it were solved. The vision statement should be 1–2 sentences long. Up to 15
Identify Unintended Outcomes/Consequences. Describe the risks for unintended outcomes/consequences that might arise when addressing the problem. Explain how you would prevent the unintended outcomes/consequences. Up to 25
APA/overall writing. Up to 7.5

Instructor: Dr. Vania Cox

Problem Statement: Poverty in Oahu, Hawaii Assessment Plan Problem Scope

Hawaii is a paradise; however, living there comes at a cost. Hawaii is notorious for its combination of the high cost of living and individual’s low incomes. Consequently, persons living in Hawaii with modest-to-moderate incomes face hardship. For instance, in terms of consumer goods and services, such as imputed rents of homeowners and housing costs, Hawaii soars as high as 18% higher than the national average (CITE). In contrast, New York and California states are high-priced states with 15-16% average prices higher than the national average. It is worth notingCompounding this reality is that the native Hawaiians have a relativelyexperience higher poverty rates in Hawaii compared to non-native individuals. For instance, the native Hawaiians are mostly homeless, and more than 200,000 individuals living on the island of Hawaii experience poverty due to the high cost of living. The new market economy introduced by the U.S. government has impacted the native Hawaiians greatly since many are not aware of it. The main reason for the failure of the latest market economy is that it does not help the poor native Hawaiians increase their economic base. Comment by Vania J. Bright: Mostly means what? Over 50%? 75%? Comment by Vania J. Bright: Always be specific as to the population. Do you mean native Hawaiians here? Comment by Vania J. Bright: Stay with Oahu, or make it clear you are shifting to a different island. I think that focusing on the full state would be difficult for the purposes of this course final assignment. Comment by Vania J. Bright: The colonization of Hawaii is over a century in the making, yeah? Comment by Vania J. Bright: I’m thinking this is not the case. If it is the case, it needs to be cited. I’m guessing that experience of native Hawaiians is not about awareness of the economic system, but rather how their land was stolen and appropriated y colonizers (the U.S.) – is that true, or am I off?

Vision Statement

To provide a flourishing economy, diverse and sustainable environment for people to live, work and be a model for global excellence and provide equitable growth opportunities. Comment by Vania J. Bright: This statement needs more precision. In your vision you should directly mention native Hawaiians, and also be very explicit as to what a flourishing economy as well as a sustainable environment would look like for the specific population you are working with.

Another thing to keep in mind for a vision statement is how would you measure if you achieve your vision? You don’t have to say how you would measure achievement in the statement, but thinking about that can help you be more clear in your expression of the vision.

Also, previously you discussed Oahu. I think you need to maintain that delimited space for focus.

Unintended Outcomes/Consequences Comment by Vania J. Bright: when you are thinking about alignment between various components of a project, always look to be sure you continue to be naming the population that you are working with period in this case there is no mention of native Hawaiians. In previous assignments, I have seen some very clear writing on why the situation is the way it is. So when you think about unintended consequences here, it’s important to think about the bigger systems that have created the problem, and how those bigger systems will be difficult to change.

Difficulty in public management can result when addressing poverty in Hawaii.; This may be caused by a lack of training, technical knowledge, and transparency in the administration.; This leads to weak executions of the plans to solve the high costs of living. However, this can be avoided by promoting transparency and accountability, institution-building, and forging institutions that create trust and sustain developmental progress (Tackling the Most Urgent Challenges for the Poorest and Most Vulnerable, n.d.). Effective governance is crucial to reducing poverty in Hawaii. Comment by Vania J. Bright: what does effective look like? What does ineffective look like?


Tackling the most urgent challenges for the poorest and most vulnerable. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2021, from

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