Community-based assessments can be strategies that aim to work in partnership with individuals and organizations to empower communities. Often identified as a comparable alternative to needs assessments, Community YouthMapping has been developed to include youth in the community youth development process. However, the authors note significant gaps in Community YouthMapping and offer a new assessment technique that includes an adapted youth mapping process, Comprehensive Assessment of Youth Development Opportunities (CAYDO). This article takes an investigative look at the relevance of including this procedure as a needs assessment tool in the program planning and community development process.
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Jones, K. R., & Perkins, D. F. (2003). CAYDO: Connecting the Gaps of Community Youth Assessments. The Journal of Extension, 41(6), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss6/5