Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment

March 2018

The Dignity Fund legislation outlined a planning process to begin in fiscal year 2017-2018 and repeat every four years. This planning process begins with a Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment (DFCNA) to identify strengths, service gaps, and unmet needs among San Francisco's older adults and adults with disabilities. The findings from each needs assessment will inform the Service Allocation Plan (SAP) developed in the subsequent year. The Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment:

  • Includes qualitative and quantitative data collected through interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other outreach mechanisms;
  • Develops a set of equity metrics to establish a baseline of existing services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities; and,
  • Includes a gap analysis of how services are delivered, comparing actual performance to desired performance.

The process began in July 2017 when the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) engaged Resource Development Associates (RDA) to conduct the assessment, which continued through February 2018. The draft report was released on March 14, 2018, and a joint public hearing of the Aging and Adult Services Commission and the Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee took place on April 4, 2018 to allow an opportunity for public comment. The Commission and Board of Supervisors approved the report in June 2018.