Community Assessment Tool: Quick Scan Step 1 of 9 11% Instructions: The results of this test will only be as good as you are honest. Being overly optimistic, or overly negative, will give you overly optimistic or overly negative results. Take your time and think through the questions. Go and find the answers if you don’t know them. Then, answer honestly. This test is not to see whether your community is a winner. You cannot ‘WIN’ this test. This test is intended to help you identify what your community needs to do to become a winner. As such, you will get the most out of this test be providing honest answers. (NB: all answers remain private.) Please click on either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each question: Is the population of your community going down?*YesNoWould you describe the mood of your community as optimistic or confident?*YesNoDo you speak positively about your community to friends and family within, and outside, the community?*YesNoDoes your community have a negative reputation among outsiders?*YesNo Would you drink water from your kitchen tap without filtering it?*YesNoDoes your community charge you for the water you use in your house?*YesNoWould your community have enough water to support itself if it was to grow by 50% in the next week?*YesNoWould you say that most of the businesses in your community do not have competition?*YesNoHas a new business located in your community in the last year?*YesNoDo you deliberately seek out places to shop locally before considering spending your money online or out of town?*YesNo Do young people graduating from school in your community tend to think they need to leave the community to find the opportunities they are looking for?*YesNoCan you identify, by name, some young (under 40) people who hold leadership positions in community organizations or government?*YesNoDoes your community have a program in place that shows an appreciation for the under 40 crowd in your community?*YesNoCould your community’s vision statement be used by neighbouring communities?*YesNoAre people in your community (or you) explicitly aware of the top three things that make it unique or on which it hopes to grow?*YesNoHas your community been impacted by a major business or industry closing (such as a mine or mill) and it has still not recovered from it?*YesNo Do you and people in your community attempt to shop local as much as possible?*YesNoAre the prices of goods or services in your local businesses significantly higher than in neighbouring communities?*YesNoAre the businesses in your community supportive of local causes and initiatives?*YesNoWould outsiders visiting your community describe it as pretty/attractive?*YesNoDoes your community have a program to plant flowers, develop parks, or participate in Communities in Bloom?*YesNoWalking around your community, does its appearance suggest that it is run down and dying?*YesNo Are there any partnerships or agreements your community has with other communities to work together?*YesNoAre there divisions within your community (groups that segregate themselves from each other) that you feel hold it back from getting some important work done?*YesNoIs there a community master plan that links different groups/organizations plans together?*YesNoHave you, or anyone you know, participate in a campaign to stop a development or other changes to the community?*YesNoDoes your community or a community group hold a longstanding grudge against another community or community group?*YesNoAre conversations at meetings focuses on how to address challenges and capitalize on opportunities arising in the future?*YesNo Is there seniors appropriate housing available in your community that meets the needs of seniors?*YesNoDo seniors regularly volunteer in community organizations/associations within the community?*YesNoIs there an array of activities seniors regularly participate in, in your community?*YesNoCan you identify a new idea that was implemented to address a challenge in your community in the last year?*YesNoHas your community specifically identified people from other places that would be interested in moving to the community and targeted them with advertising?*YesNoHas your community ever implemented a strategy that has already been tried and failed at before?*YesNo Are you friends with any recently arrived (10 years of less) immigrant families in your community?*YesNoDoes your community have any programs to specifically either attract or welcome newcomers to your community?*YesNoDoes your community have a name that specifically identifies newcomers to a community – such as, but not limited to – newbs, come-from-away’s, or fobs?*YesNoDoes your community have activities that regularly bring people of various age groups together, particularly in the downtown and on mainstreet?*YesNoIn leadership roles (such as elected representatives, or chambers, or volunteer groups) - have the same people been in any of those roles for more than 13 years?*YesNoWould you agree that the general sense in your community is that you are doing just fine and hope everything stays the way it is?*YesNo Do you believe the success of your community depends entirely on you?*YesNoDoes leadership in your community regularly blame other levels of government for the challenges your community faces (We can’t fix that. The province/state needs to step in.)?*YesNoDo people in your community feel the future of their community is largely out of their hands, and at the mercy of economic or international forces?*YesNo Bonus QuestionIf you were to pick a slogan that most accurately suits your community today, which would you choose?*Just waiting for the mine/plant to re-open.Open for business, just not your business.Rough, tough, mean and unfriendly, and we have the looks to prove it.Don’t drink the water!Creative-thinkers best move along.We don’t trust anyone, and don’t work with anyone. We are fine on our own.Stop in at the coffee shop, where the only thing spreading faster than lies is the negativity.This really isn’t my fault.Around here - ugly goes right to the bone.Our old people won’t live . . . or die . . . here.We will chose death over change, every time.Prepare to be gouged and unappreciated - but thanks for the money.Local traffic only.We can always find someone else to blame for our problems.Caution – Slow Children – (all the smart ones left town already)Born to succeed, so we don’t even try.We don’t accept strangers, or friends, or anybody else.We don’t even know why anyone is still here.Happy doing what we have always done, and getting what we always got.Ideal community for retirement – if looking out the window all day is your thing.Nothing new to see here . . . ever.Lots for Sale – we have nothing else to market.We make sure you regret trying to invest here.No young people allowed.Welcome to our town, where even friendly neighbours are enemies in the end.You’ll regret stopping here.Things are fine - just so long as we let them be.We don’t spend money here, so you won’t be able to either.None of the above This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.