Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project

/Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project

Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 1994
Year of Last Input: 2011
Last Updated: Aug 1 2013
Project Location:
Santa Cruz County
State / Province:
Lead Organization:
Applied Survey Research
Type of Organization:

Geographic Scope


Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Population


The Community Assessment Project (CAP) is a multi-year initiative to measure and improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz County. ASR was contracted by the United Way of Santa Cruz County to conduct this longitudinal community assessment. Specific activities have included quality-of-life indicator creation, in-depth telephone surveys (conducted in English and Spanish) of nearly 800 local residents biennially, extensive data compilation and analysis, and facilitation of a collaborative of over thirty community organizations.

Santa Cruz’s Community Assessment Project (CAP) was established 15 years ago, and has annually provided reports which look at over 120 community indicators. Each report focuses on the following areas: public safety, economy, education, health, and the natural and social environments. The data provided by the CAP project has acted like a springboard, helping to launch numerous community service initiatives.

Has Perfomance Measures?


Has CI-PM Integration?


Project URL

Reporting Format

Annual Report

Other Partners

United Way

Project Contact:

Susan Brutschy
- Nonprofit - Research