SOUTHEAST SASK. — The Envision Counselling and Support Centre has started their needs assessment, focusing on their geographical area, which covers a large portion of southeast Saskatchewan, through a series of focus groups conducted in February and early March.
Now they continue the research with a brief survey, asking the residents of the southeast to take a few minutes and share their thoughts.
Envision said a needs assessment is a way to understand needs or gaps in services in the current programming of an organization, or address areas where new services could be beneficial.
“Our last needs assessment was completed in 2018. Our goal this time is to be able to compare the new data to previous assessments in order to see how the community needs have changed and ensure Envision is properly supporting that growth where we can,” said Envision executive director Lynda Rideout.
Sessions were held in Weyburn, Carlyle, Oxbow and Estevan.
“We would like to thank those that were able to make it out to our focus groups over the course of the past month. The connections were so impactful and we truly feel that we are well on the right track to obtaining the necessary data to move forward with strategic planning at our agency,” said Raven Daer, outreach co-ordinator with Envision Counselling and Support Centre, in an email.
For those who were unable to come out and share their thoughts, Envision developed a short and anonymous survey so that more people could participate and share their thoughts.
“The data that we collect from this survey will help us to better understand what services are needed within our communities. This will help us to better support individuals within our corner of the province,” Daer continued.
The information about Envision’s programs can be found on their website.
The survey can be found here. It will close on April 30.
“Please feel free to share the survey and spread the word, the more responses the better,” Envision said.