A needs assessment is a type of research study that organizations conduct prior to designing a program, project, or other intervention. A needs assessment is done to obtain concrete evidence about the who, what, why, where, and when of a particular problem.

The needs assessment will provide you with knowledge:

    • That a problem or need does exist in a community
    • Potential causes of the problem (i.e., points of intervention)

This information will allow you to:

    • Prove to funders that this need exists and your intervention should be funded
    • Design an intervention that is highly likely to actually solve problems and attain your goals

Check out our one-minute video about needs assessments here:


Whether you want to do a full scale community health needs assessment or just focus on your target audience, HARC works with clients to design needs assessments that will fit any budget and scope. All of HARC’s needs assessments are overseen by Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely, who has more than a decade of research experience, and are carried out by experienced researchers with extensive training and expertise in the fields of research and evaluation.

Work samples: (PDFs)

California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR):

Riverside University Health System – Public Health:

Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside:

Other work samples:


“The HARC team has been a great partner and has helped us better understand the needs of our community and determine ways we can be of service to meet those needs. We are grateful for the HARC team’s responsiveness and collaboration to help us fulfill our mission.”

— Tessa Voss MA, LADC, CADC II, Vice President CA Region/Administrator of the Betty Ford Center

“On behalf of the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, I want to tell you how pleased we are with the work you performed on developing and analyzing our Community Health Needs Assessment.  The final report you provided met our needs completely.”

— Michael Landes, President, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation

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