Phase Three: Identifying Critical Gaps and Leveraging Assets

Once you have completed the online survey for Phase One and Two, Qualtrics will email you your school’s “A&N Site Report” with your results.

Use the results from the A&N Site Report to identify critical gaps and strengths in your community.

A&N Site Report

The A&N Site Report includes scores from Phases One and Two of the Assets and Needs Assessment. This report will help your school identify critical gaps and leverage existing assets. The report will identify the amount of services and practices available in your school and community and the quality of these services and practices.

The A&N Site Report will help you identify how much your school provides to your students and families and how well those services are going. OCS works with three simple performance measures to measure impact: How much did we do? How well did we do it? Is anyone better off? How much and how well measure the amount of effort your school has put in to support students and families. By measuring this, you will be able to identify if or how your students and families are better off.

How Much

This refers to the quantity of effort. Think about how much service your school provides to students and families.

For example:

The school provides Expanded Learning Time (ELT) opportunities before and after school three days a week.

How Well

This refers to the quality of service. Think about how well your services are doing to support your students and families.

For example:

There is a balance of diverse program offerings during ELT hours, including academic, socioemotional learning, arts, enrichment and/or physical activities.

Effective Questions for Identifying Critical Gaps and Leveraging Assets

Review this Powerful Questions Summary page for tips on Effective Questions.

To ensure you’re A&N meetings are as productive as possible, the meetings should be neutrally facilitated and should be guided by a 3R agenda.

Reference the tools available here to move your team from talk to action.

Recommendations for Aligning Your School with the Community School Strategy

By providing a welcoming, supportive and safe environment that promotes respect and diversity throughout the building – the school is a place where all students can grow and thrive academically and socially.

Roughly one in five students in New York City is chronically absent each year, which is defined as having missed 10% or more days in a single school year.

Research has shown that when used well, more learning time can lead to higher achievement, better attendance, and healthier attitudes and habits that put students on the path for success.

When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children do better in school, and stay in school longer.

Students who are physically active and learn how to take care of themselves have greater readiness to learn and engage fully in the school community.

School and CBO leadership strategically organize resources and share leadership so that services are integrated into the fabric of the schools.

Many students are at high risk of chronic absence and may need additional supports to ensure success. These students include students in temporary housing or foster care, students who have experienced domestic violence or trauma, English language learners, newly immigrated families, students with disabilities, LGBTQ and court involved youth.