Introduction/Planning Planning
b. How do we decide if we need a mobile or portable program?


Needs assessment is a critical aspect of planning any type of program. Consider the following basic questions before you start any mobile or portable program. The first six questions are addressed in this chapter; the rest will be answered insubsequent chapters.

Basic Questions for Starting a Program

To answer these questions adequately, try to involve a variety of people from your community as well as people who have successful mobile or portable programs. For more information on how to conduct a needs assessment using community partners, review the following resources: