Community Connection of
Community Connection will be one of the first agencies in the U.S. to adopt the software. Only about 12 agencies nationwide currently are using Community Platform.
"The software offers some functionality we think will be important to the work we're doing and some of the challenges people are facing in
"This will help us become more effective, efficient and intentional about how we direct our resources towards overcoming the challenges associated with persistent poverty."
Using the software, Community Connection will take information from 2-1-1 callers and import it into the Community Platform system where it will be translated into a Graphic Information System map. Geographic data points for existing nonprofit agencies will then be added to the map, creating a visual to determine if the people offering services reside in areas where the greatest community needs exist.
Broyard hopes to start using the software in early fall.
Broyard already was working to create a community assessment map when
Porter said she's excited to help bring the software to
Porter also hopes the software will help build community.
"Our region is full of resources, but there's a disconnect in the community," she said. "I want us to help people invest in each other, not just express needs and complain about how there are too many services, but get hard data and really figure out what's going on and feed that information into everyone's strategic planning and thinking."
Community Platform functions that can help build community and foster communication include the ability to map existing assets in the community, determine if duplication of services is taking place and track the financial performance of organizations. A centralized directory of goods and services also can be created to help organizations develop partnerships and share equipment, facilities, goods, services and volunteers.
The software isn't about poking holes in area organizations, Porter said. It's about looking for ways to help organizations perform better.
"The idea is to work with all of the groups in town who already collect information for their own community needs assessments and fold it all into one central location," Broyard added. "If you ask agencies what the main areas of need are in
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