Precarious Partnerships: Designing a Community Needs Assessment to Develop a System of Care for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youths

Precarious Partnerships: Designing a Community Needs Assessment to Develop a System of Care for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youths

This resource is an article describing a mixed-method community needs assessment relating to GLBTQ populations.

Author: Dr. Shelley Craig (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work - University of Toronto) Source: PFD Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10705422.2011.595301 Journal: Journal of Community Practice Journal Details: pages 274 - 291 Origin Country: Canada Publish Date: 2011 Publication City: Toronto Languages: .Resource Type: , .Resource Topics: , , , .Target Audiences: , , , , . Last Modified: 2013-01-11

This article describes the planning and implementation of a mixed-method community needs assessment with the intent of cre­ating a system of care for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youths in an urban area. Flowing from qualitative to quantitative research strategies, this needs assess­ ment utilized key informant interviews, focus groups, and survey research in a countywide initiative. Rather than outline each set of findings, this article provides a brief description of the four phases of research activities and the action steps that were completed during each phase. Community context for the needs assessment is described in detail and a final system of care is proposed. Notable barriers and challenges associated with the community needs assessment are also articulated.