The Results are In – Needs Assessment Update

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assessment map

Survey Responses: The relative size of circles in the map above conveys the number of survey participants from downtown Durham neighborhoods.

The results are in!  Over 500 people from a variety of downtown neighborhoods responded to our online survey.  That information, along with feedback from four
community meetings and one-on-one meetings from key stakeholders is being condensed into a user-friendly report that we will issue towards the end of the summer.  Four areas of focus are identified in the preliminary report given to the PD Board of Directors: Fund Development, Communication, Grassroots Outreach and Partnerships.
The important work is now upon us.  We will use the information generated by the needs assessment to evaluate our existing programs and develop new ones to meet community needs.
What Are Programs? Programs are our mission-related work (as distinguished from fundraisers).  Our current programs include Places in Peril, Advocacy, Walking Tours, and Renovators Network.
Why Do We Care About Programs?  Programs are the reason we exist.  This is the work we do that meets stated community needs related to historic preservation. Ideally programs should have established, trackable metrics that are used to substantiate their success.

We’re looking for a few members-at-large to join us in discussions about new programs.  This is a minimal, 2-meeting commitment with a few hours of work in between.  Interested?  Email Liz Sappenfield.