Step two:  choosing an approach

The Scottish Government’s Same Difference? resource sets out two possible approaches to equalities needs assessments in CLD:

Approaches to Needs Assessment

  • Mainstreaming equality - this approach would be appropriate if you are interested in assessing the CLD needs of all communities in your area. It focuses on ensuring that the needs of equalities groups are taken into account when undertaking a general needs assessment.
  • Targeted needs assessment - this approach would be useful if you are aware that you do not know enough about the needs of all equalities groups, or a particular equality group, in terms of CLD provision. It would involve a targeted approach focusing on one or more equalities group, and assessing the needs of these communities in more detail.

Source:  Taken from Scottish Government’s Same Difference? Resource

Example…of a targeted needs assessment

The South Kintyre Community Learning Partnership brings together key CLD partners in this part of Argyll and Bute. In 2006, the Partnership recognised that people with Additional Support Needs were not well represented in community planning structures in the area. This included people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and substance abuse issues. It decided to find out more about the way in which people with Additional Support Needs could become involved in community planning activity. This involved:

  • identifying all local groups involving people with Additional Support Needs;
  • meeting with each group to discuss their experiences and needs;
  • discussing needs with service providers working with this client group
  • evaluating existing community planning structures; and
  • developing options for how people with Additional Support Needs could be more effectively involved in the future.

Source:  Taken from Same Difference? Resource