Community Assessment About COMPASS II-2.0

United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) and the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County (HSC) conducted a county-wide community assets and needs assessment, COMPASS II, in 2003. The original COMPASS II project became a widely-used tool that galvanized the resources of local individuals, businesses, and organizations promoting broad participation in the improvement of community life. Through an assessment of both the needs and the strengths of our community, COMPASS II provided an important baseline of data to inform efforts to make Tompkins County a stronger community.

At that time, UWTC made a commitment to conduct similar assessments on a regular basis. As a result, a second round of the assets and needs assessment, COMPASS II-2.0, has now been completed and this website summarizes the information collected. COMPASS II-2.0 continued this valuable venture by re-examining the assets and needs of Tompkins County to establish our progress in addressing the most pressing issues facing residents as well as in identifying areas of accomplishment and emerging areas of need.

The study was structured around 10 major topic areas: Employment/Jobs, Education, Environment, Health Care, Housing, Quality of Life, Crime, Social Issues, Discrimination, & Transportation.

Within each of these topic areas, you will find links to the following towards the bottom of each page:

Survey Data
As with the 2003 assessment, a major component of COMPASS II-2.0 was a survey of residents in Tompkins County. Residents were surveyed in three modalities: a random sample telephone interview, an on-line web survey, and targeted in-person interviews. Resident survey data is cross-tabulated by age category, income category, mode of collection as well as various cross-tabulations of note. Income categories, low, moderate, and high, were developed utilizing respondents' self-reported household income and household size. Responses from the key informant survey are tabulated and available as well.

Indicator Information
It is vital to have sufficient indicator information from various local, state and national data figures to provide a wider context. Where possible we have provided relevant indicators which provide data across time and/or that compare Tompkins County to other geographies. Often, indicators are not gathered at regular intervals and years may not always correspond exactly.

Tompkins County has a wonderful variety of services and organizations providing support in many areas. Many of these organizations in each topic area are listed, along with a variety of relevant data resources.

The following links provide an overview of the Methodology used to conduct the study, and an opportunity to thank the project Funders and Community Partnership Committee.