In 2008, the LGBT Health and Human Services Network of New York State began to work to quantify the impact of their 54 member organizations’ work. They commissioned a needs assessment from Somjen Frazer Consulting (predecessor of Strength in Numbers). In just 6 months, the group successfully conducted nearly a dozen focus groups and collected, analyzed and wrote up data from nearly 3400 surveys in a report and press release, which is still cited by government and community stakeholders in their work to support fundraising for these important services. We have gone on to conduct a follow up needs assessment in 2015, which included a supplemental grant to study transgender and gender nonconforming people’s specific needs and additional funding to conduct town halls all over the state. In addition to these needs assessments, we have analyzed Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Community Health Survey data to examine the intersectional health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people of color and conducted capacity building with member organizations in monitoring and evaluation, creating logic models, displaying data and using data for advocacy and fundraising.
- LGBT Health and Human Services Needs in New York State: A Report from the 2015 LGBT Health and Human Services Needs Assessment [PDF]
- Transgender health and economic insecurity report: A report from the 2015 LGBT Health and Human Services Needs Assessment Survey [PDF]
- Fact Sheets from the 2015 New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Needs Assessment