3. Community Themes and Strengths Assessment (CTSA)
The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment answers the questions: "What is important to our community?" "How is quality of life perceived in our community?" and "What assets do we have that can be used to improve community health?" This assessment results in a strong understanding of community issues and concerns, perceptions about quality of life, and a map of community assets.
The information gathered during this phase will feed into the Identify Strategic Issues Phase of the MAPP process (the other three assessments will also provide important sources of information). By including Community Themes and Strengths in the MAPP process, two benefits are gained. First, community members become more vested in the process when they have a sense of ownership and responsibility for the outcomes. This occurs when their concerns are genuinely considered and visibly affect the process. Second, the themes and issues identified here offer insight into the information uncovered during the other assessments.
Recommended Participants and Roles:
Subcommittee — designs and prepares for the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, oversees the information gathering process, and compiles results.
MAPP Committee — oversees subcommittee activities and provides recommendations for gaining broad community participation.
Broad Community Involvement — is included to gather the thoughts, opinions, and concerns of community residents, an especially important component of this phase.
Overview of the Steps for the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment