Community assessment—a gathering of information about a given community—is critical to understanding operational issues at the grassroots level. Community assessment through data collection is an integral component of community operational programming in key areas such as health. Without proper assessment of a community’s needs and assets, public health professionals are uninformed, under-prepared, and may develop health programs that are potentially ineffective and irrelevant.Various tools are used to gather community data, from ethnographic observations to key informant interviews and surveys. While these tools remain an integral part of the public health toolbox, the information provided by such tools is not easily interpreted by the general public. Furthermore, such data often fail to reveal the direct correlation between geographic location and health.
As Chegutu RDC we are harnessing technological concepts such as GIS to enhance our operations and improve decision making process– decisions are made easier because specific and detailed information is presented about our district.Using GIS allows people to see the world in a different way by mapping the position and quantity of things, mapping the density of people and objects and mapping any changes that occur. GIS also allows us to find out what is happening inside our district in real time.