Maricopa County Community Needs Assessment /
Analysis of Recreation Programs
Letter from Shawna James, Executive Director, Maricopa Council on Youth Sports and Physical Activity
This multi-stage project is funded by the Maricopa Council on Youth
Sports and Physical Activity which is an extension of the Arizona
Sports and Tourism Authority’s Youth and Amateur Sports Advisory
project’s purpose is to describe the current level of youth
sports and physical activity programs offered throughout Maricopa
County. There are several levels of information that are necessary
to describe the scope and prevalence of services offered. First,
is the identification of providers; second is the specification
of services/programs provided; and third is a specification of individuals
served. These data will be compiled to integrate with an existing
GIS map of sports/recreation areas and facilities.
one (2004-2005) will entail a pilot phase to identify providers,
develop the data collection instruments and strategies, identify
key data information sources, and test a data collection methodology.
The challenges of compiling information from potentially hundreds
of different entities (e.g., public agencies, nonprofit organizations,
schools, and for profit enterprises) is significant. The primary
objectives during the pilot phase include the development of individual
and institutional networks that will supply the necessary programmatic
information and the creation of a data collection infrastructure
that facilitates the efficient management of data.
funded for years two and three, this project will expand the data
collection to the remaining regions of Maricopa County and further
refine the data collection strategies. The outcome will be a more
comprehensive description and specification of youth sports and
physical activity programs in Maricopa County.
For more information please contact the
|Carlton Yoshioka, Ph.D.
PO Box 874703
Tempe, AZ 85287-4703