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2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On Wednesday, October 17, Morten Group, in partnership with the LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, kicked off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. During this launch, Morten Group shared the 2011 Community Needs Assessment data and presented the 2018 Community Needs Assessment process.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

LGBTQ: What’s New?

In the fall of 2011, Morten Group conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund, which you can read about [HERE]. You can read the summary of findings [HERE].

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! For this reason, The LGBT Community Fund has again partnered with Morten Group to launch a new assessment. “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s 2018 Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

There has not been a comprehensive needs assessment of the Chicago area’s LGBTQ community conducted since our last one in 2011, and in general there is not enough data available about LGBTQ populations nationwide, making this effort hugely significant not only to inform future grantmaking decisions by The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, but for community representation in research literature more broadly. A community needs assessment happens only with the support and participation of folks in the community.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

WBEZ

On October 24, Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith and Chicago LGBT Fund’s Adnaan Hamid, speak about the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment sharing the purpose and meaning behind the assessment, as well as what the process entails. To listen, click [HERE].

 

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In the fall of 2011, Morten Group, together with many community partners and leaders in the Chicagoland area, conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund. Access the 2012 LCNA Data Summary HERE.

 

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

 

Please sign up to be notified when the survey link is live by clicking [HERE].
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Following Morten Group’s work on the LGBT Needs Assessment with the Chicago Community Trust, and on the “Your Voice! Your Health!” research study with the University of Chicago, we are continuing our commitment to exploring the needs of marginalized communities in Chicago by partnering with Howard Brown Health to conduct an assessment of the health needs of all women in the Chicagoland area.

As part of the assessment process, Morten Group will be conducting interviews, town halls – and an online survey.

We are hoping to reach between 750-1000 people all across Chicago! To participate in the online survey, click here: Women’s Needs Assessment Survey

If you are interested in participating in a town hall, check back here for dates and times, or you can also find the information on Howard Brown’s website, at www.howardbrown.org.

Other questions or concerns? Interested in participating in an interview? Email Morten Group Project Coordinator, Sarah Menke at sarah@mortengroup.com

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In April 2016, leadership at The National LGBTQ Task Force retained Morten Group to conduct an assessment of its annual Creating Change, “the nation’s preeminent political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBT movement.”

The purpose of the assessment was to: 1) formulate a purpose statement for the Creating Change Conference that reflects the strategic vision of The Task Force and takes into account where the organization is in the LGBTQ movement; 2) determine how the operations, systems, decision making, and infrastructure needs of the conference are presently being met and what opportunities exist for the organization to strengthen the Task Force’s ability to produce the conference; and 3) explore how The Task Force can learn and adapt annually to LGBTQ movement trends and priorities, while maintaining programming and a constructive healthy conference culture that reflects the work of the organization. Morten Group collected data from more than 400 individuals from a number of different stakeholder groups by the way of three different data collection vehicles (online survey, interviews, and focus groups), and reported back on the strengths and assets of Creating Change, as well as its needs and challenges.

Please click the link below to download the full report. Thank you for your interest in Creating Change and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Report to National LGBTQ Task Force

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Morten Group, on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, conducted the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment in the Fall of 2011. The purpose of the needs assessment was twofold: 1) to gather data about the assets, needs and challenges of the LGBT community in the Chicagoland area and to 2) inform future funding decisions of the Steering Committee. Over an 11-week field period stretching from October to December of that year, more than 2,000 individuals made their voices heard by filling out an online survey or data card, completing a telephone interview, or participating in a focus group. Data analysis, led by methodological lead Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith, took place during the first half of 2012.

On June 27, 2012, the data was released to the public for the first time in a community presentation and press briefing at Howard Brown Health Center. The second community presentation of the results report took place on October 2, 2012 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The third presentation took place on December 11, 2012 at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, co-hosted by Affinity Community Services, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life at the University of Chicago. The fourth presentation took place on March 8, 2013 at the Donors Forum, as part of a meeting with Donors Forum Grantmaking Members and Advisory Associate Members.

In addition, Morten Group developed an organizational service & capacity assessment tool for organizations providing LGBT services as a follow up to the LCNA survey. The assessment tool is designed to further identify organizations currently providing services within The LGBT Community Fund priority areas: Healthcare, Employment, Housing, Violence Prevention, Support for Accessing Practical Resources, and Behavioral Health Services. This Organizational Service & Capacity Evaluation Tool supports The Chicago Community Trust in identifying organizations in Chicago that may be LGBT-serving and may offer programs within the fund priority areas.

Additionally, the survey tool helps establish a baseline for evaluating each organization’s capacity to effectively deliver services, identify existing collaborations among organizations, and assess the compatibility of proposed programs with existing funding priorities.

Please email admin@mortengroup.com to read the full report. Thank you for your interest in the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment.

 

 

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