SOWK 536: Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work: Community Assessment

Research guide for students in SOWK 536.

Community Assessment Basics

For the community immersion assignment, you will need to find various types of sources:

Community Structures

TIP: Use official state, county and city web sites for information about your community, like government structure, elected officials, neighborhood councils, religious leaders, and community activists and advocates. Go to a search engine (like Google or Bing) and type in your state or city and the word government. For example, Los Angeles government. This will bring up the official website on top of the results list. 

Sort your Google results by adding site:.gov; .org to the end of your Google search to find government or organization websites. 
Example: pasadena neighborhood council site:.gov

U.S. Census Bureau Tutorials

The tutorials above are part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Data Gems, that will introduce you to various concepts and techniques to improve your ability to navigate the website and use data-access tools.

Finding Community Demographics

View the videos below for more info on how to use social explorer.