Alternatively, you may choose a more formal approach by developing a Community Profile – a comprehensive inventory of important details about your community to accompany your maps. One advantage of recording your findings is that the information is more easily shared, and can be used for additional purposes, such as grant applications or community decision making. Download the instructions for completing the Community Profile and the form fillable Community Profile Template by clicking on the resources link on the top right side of this page.
It is also true however, that as you collect information it is likely you’ll come across some surprises. Others in your community may know about “hidden” strengths, such as knowledge of medicinal plants, past disasters, grant writing skills, or the knowledge a local business might offer.
Having community members complete the Skills and Knowledge Inventory is a great way to discover the capacity of your community. The inventory can be emailed, mailed, or conducted in face-to-face or phone interviews – whatever will work best in your community. For more information on how to conduct a Skills and Knowledge Inventory and about community profiles, click on the resource links on the right side of this page.
Note that any information entered into the online ARI and HRI tools will be automatically saved. Reports on the data you have gathered and entered in the tools can be generated, saved and/or printed at any time from the My Tools and Reports page.