A needs assessment is an evaluation tool that identifies the discrepancy between the needs of a community and the resources available to meet those needs. The assessment identifies the resources needed to address the unmet need or “gap” between existing assets and the needs identified. The purpose of a needs assessment is to quantify and prioritize the unmet needs of the community to guide the allocation and coordination of limited resources. Morningside is skilled at completing both the quantitative and qualitative components of a needs assessment, quantifying the gap, and identifying solutions to close the gap.
A performance review is a comprehensive assessment of a government agency to determine the effectiveness of its management structure, programs and services, revenue and expenditures, and communication within the organization and with the community. A performance review culminates in recommendations to improve efficiency, increase productivity, enhance revenue, reduce expenditures, improve communication, and streamline operations. Morningside has led two reviews of state agencies and one review of a large, urban county; we have participated in conducting many other performance reviews.
Morningside leads housing market analyses and needs assessments for communities seeking to increase the availability and condition of affordable housing. For these assessments, we coordinate an extensive public participation effort including focus groups, public meetings, surveys, and interviews with numerous stakeholders, from developers to social service providers. We also collect, organize, and report quantitative data describing the demographics, socio-economic status, and housing market in the area.
Policy and Fiscal Analysis
Morningside is a policy research firm, providing data to guide the development, improvement, and expansion of publicly funded programs and services. We gather data to guide decision-making at the state and local level. We study the financial and programmatic impact of existing policies and proposed changes in policy.