Community Knowledge Campus Needs Assessment Guidelines - Background
In recent years, concern over existing vacant school sites has increased along with questions over the effective delivery of future school sites in newly developing areas of Edmonton. In 2003, the Planning and Development Department completed the Future School Sites Study (FSSS) in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders directly involved in the planning of new communities. This study re-examined the delivery of future school sites and culminated in a series of recommendations approved by Council that would improve future school site delivery and prevent the creation of additional vacant school sites.
Of the recommendations made, the requirement for a Community Knowledge Campus (CKC) Needs Assessment was specifically identified in consideration of new community plans or amendment(s) to future school sites. This necessitated the creation of guidelines to provide a framework for their preparation.
CKC Needs Assessment Guidelines
This document provides the necessary framework for preparation of CKC Needs Assessments. It provides an enhanced land use planning methodology for the prevention of vacant school sites and enhancement of future school site opportunities (e. g. partnerships, planning, design) and delivery. They provide practitioners and others directly involved in the planning and development of future school sites information required to conduct a CKC Needs Assessment.
More specifically, these guidelines define why a CKC Needs Assessment is required, what it is, its purpose, who is involved, when, how, what happens after the assessment is completed, and what factors may affect it. Using these guidelines, completion of a CKC Needs Assessment will provide a more clear planning framework for the effective delivery of lifelong learning and community service opportunities in newly developing areas of Edmonton.