Community Readiness Assessment

Introduction

The Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative provides grantees the opportunity to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment (CRA). Community readiness assessments help communities understand how ready a community is to address an issue that is impacting the health of the community. In addition, community readiness assessments help communities match interventions to the community’s level of readiness, thereby facilitating success. The assessment is part of the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model developed by the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. To support coalitions as they conduct their CRA, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation developed a web-based training series. The training series is broken down into segments that provide informational videos, guidance documents, and handouts for each step of the CRA process.

Segment 1: Introduction to Community Readiness and the Community Readiness Assessment

Segment 1 introduces community readiness as an important construct for and provides an overview of how to assess community readiness.

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Assessing Community Readiness

Segment 2: Value Proposition for the CRA

Segment 2 discusses why coalitions and communities should assess community readiness and creates a value proposition for the community readiness assessment.

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Segment 3: Tools and Key Components of the CRA

Segment 3 takes a deeper dive into conducting a community readiness assessment and provides resources to assist with completing a community readiness assessment.

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Segment 4: Forming the CRA Team

Segment 4 focuses on roles needed to complete a CRA and on forming a CRA team. The segment highlights resources and training opportunities.

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Conducting Interviews

Segment 5: Basics of Conducting CRA Interviews

Segment 5 provides details on how to conduct community readiness interviews.

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Segment 6: Deciding Who to Interview and Engaging Their Participation

Segment 6 focuses on identifying key informants for community readiness interviews and on engaging them in community readiness interviews.

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Segment 7: Conducting CRA Interviews

Segment 7 provides additional details on how to conduct community readiness interviews, with a special focus on providing interviewers with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully conduct community readiness interviews.

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Segment 8: Transcribing CRA Interviews

Segment 8 provides details on transcription options and introduces Otter.ai as a transcription option.

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Scoring

Segment 9: Scoring Interviews

Segment 9 introduces the scoring process for the Community Readiness Model and provides details on how to score community readiness interviews. This training segment is relevant to the work of CRA scorers and to the project manager.

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Segment 10: Calculating Dimension-Specific and Overall Scores

Segment 10 is the second part of the scoring training for the Community Readiness Model. This segment focuses on calculating overall and average dimension scores and is designed to give project managers what they need once the CRA scorers have completed their work.

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Reporting & Results

Segment 11: Reporting CRA Results for SSOSPC-Funded Coalitions

Segment 11 focuses on creating community readiness assessment reports. This provides details on the reporting process for suicide prevention coalitions that are participating in the Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative.

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Increasing Community Readiness

Segment 12: Strategies for Building Community Readiness

Segment 12 focuses on supporting coalitions participating in the Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative in identifying strategies to build community readiness. This provides details on how to select strategies and approaches to build community readiness, as well as the planning tools for the SSOSPC Initiative.

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Conducting a CRA in Spanish

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Frequently Asked Questions

This page will include all FAQ documents related to the Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) for the Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative.

Completed CRA Reports and Plans

Each coalition participating in the Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative conducted a Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) and developed a plan to build community readiness. The map below includes the 17 suicide prevention coalitions (represented by county) that were funded in 2020. To view each coalition’s final report and plan, click on the corresponding county in the map below.