You'll need good information

When starting the planning process, you'll need to make informed assumptions about the likely profile of the future community and what its social needs will be. As communities develop and mature, increasing information becomes available about their needs and assets which allows community building responses to be increasingly targeted and responsive.

The next section shows the kinds of information and sources from which you can develop a comprehensive evidence base. Your evidence should be updated as the community develops and evaluation is undertaken.

Council departments represented in your coordination group are well placed to provide the kind of detailed information you need for your evidence base. They can also provide key information and contacts for stakeholders. As a starting point, the gathering evidence template (Word, 36KB) is useful for gathering information from each service department.

Creating your evidence base