Example: Village hall needs assessment
1. Identify the existing resource (if there is one)
- How frequently is the village hall used?
- How is it being used? What activities are being undertaken?
- Who is using it? Which groups/individuals?
- What alternatives are available? Are there other halls/facilities nearby?
2. Identify potential
- Who else could use the hall?
- What additional activities could be undertaken?
- Who could be attracted in to use it?
3. Ability of committee to manage project
This information can be gathered in several ways:
- A short survey of the community given to every household to ask if they use the hall, how often, what needs it is not meeting, where else they travel to use facilities, and what their priorities are.
- A survey of user groups to identify the needs of those using the hall. Also to identify those who are not using the hall and what may encourage them to do so. What space and facilities do groups need/want (storage, staging, lighting, music, large/small areas, kitchen, bar, changing area, toilets)? This will provide information on the size of hall that may be needed and what equipment/features would be needed.
- Audit of existing resources
- in the village
- in surrounding villages
- accessibility of other resources (e.g. transport)
This would identify what is available elsewhere and how accessible the alternatives are. It would address issues of duplication and local need for the project and also help to identify opportunities for activities that are not being offered locally.
4. Consultation with stakeholders
Speak to management committee and those with an involvement of the running of the centre. This will draw out any stakeholder concerns and identify possible future uses of the village hall.
5. Consultation with statutory bodies
Consult with statutory bodies to identify any legal or planning issues, or other issues relating to the existing hall.
6. Census data
Identify the socioeconomic/demographic profile of the area in order to identify the potential audience of the hall.
7. Skills audit of the management committee
Create a short questionnaire to establish the range of skills held by the committee that can be used to identify any gaps which may need strengthening or where professional help may need to be brought in.