The mission of the Youth Community Coalition (YC2) in Columbia, Missouri is “to help youth develop into productive and self-sufficient citizens by working together to decrease substance abuse and promote healthy behaviors.” The Coalition brings together more than 50 agencies within the local community that are engaged in services that address youth health and risky behaviors, as well as those that conduct programming and activities for youth. In 2015, the Coalition decided to assist in the development of community-level coalitions in 5 small Boone County communities (Ashland, Centralia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, and Sturgeon).
The Institute of Public Policy (IPP) conducted two primary assessments: a Community Readiness Assessment and an Annual Assessment. YC2 contracted IPP to complete an assessment to determine the current level of readiness of each of the five communities and to show the progress over time in an annual Community Readiness Assessment. IPP also conducts a second annual assessment in each of the five identified communities. The Institute has identified a list of indicators to assess the activities of local communities and conducts Annual Assessments based on these indicators.