The Alliance has compiled
a number of resources
available for survivors,
their friends and families,
assisting survivors in
New York City.
Participatory Community Needs Assessment
In 2008-2009, the Alliance provided training to six community researchers representing each of the demonstration sites: the South Bronx, the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The researchers learned how to conduct a community needs assessment using a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to data collection. PAR emphasizes the importance of balancing the knowledge that experts bring to the field with the wisdom and personal experiences of the community being researched. Reflecting one of the stated goals of Project Envision, PAR promotes meaningful engagement of the community at each step of the research.
Community Needs Assessment
Through focus groups, street surveys, and interviews, the community researchers engaged over 500 New Yorkers in discussions about the conditions which promote and permit sexual violence in their communities, as well as opportunities for prevention.
The needs assessment explored five questions:
1. What is the scope of sexual violence in the community?
2. What are the most common forms of sexual violence in the community (the prevention priorities)?
3. What are the root causes of sexual violence?
4. What are the most promising opportunities for preventtion in the community?
5. What are the characteristics of the community that can support sexual violence prevention activities (the community assets)?
A PAR approach to the needs assessment not only generated important community-level data about sexual violence, but it also served as a community mobilizing tool: Community residents engaged in dialogue about the causes of sexual violence and opportunities for prevention, contributed to the data collection process, and were given the opportunity to stay involved as coalition members or community partners.
Download the community specific reports here:
Project ENVISION Research To Action 2009 describes the participatory action research used to conduct needs assessments in the three NYC pilot communities: Manhattan's Lower East Side, the South Bronx and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The document below contains recommendations for policymakers on how to support communities in addressing sexual violence in a comprehensive way.
Download the recommendations »