This tool kit was designed by Missouri Association for Community Action to provide a tool to help in conducting the need assessment. It is divided into four main arenas - gathering the information needed to understand the community, analyzing the information, prioritizing the issues, and an overview of the next steps in the process. A resource section listing possible resources and tools for use are also included in the appendix. It is important to remember this is just the first part in a continuum of the strategic planning process for success. This sets the framework from which the agency can then move into a specific action plan with goals, outcomes, measurements, and evaluations. Pages 16 – 19 are especially pertinent for assessing educational opportunities.