OTMS 62600: Professional Practice in Community

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Needs Assessment

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A comprehensive sociological research database.

Search Strategies

To find community based information, try searching something like this:
  1. "needs assessment" or community research or community based participatory research or community health services or community assessment
  2. occupational therap* or "occupational health"
  3. unemploy* or workforce or employment or job*​  
  • Limit your topic to the “TI Title”, “AB Abstract”
  • Using the "*" to broaden a term and find different endings: occupational therapy; occupational therapist; occupational therpeutics
  • Review the subject headings as a way to find new terms to search: Community Assessment; Community Health Services

To find "trends" in the literature try searching something like this:

1. occupational therap* or occupational health
2. research or trend*
3. evidence based practice or EBP

Needs Assessments

Ward, H. R. W. T. J. (2002). Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children's Services. : Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Russ-Eft, D. S. C. M. G. (2014). Practical Guide to Needs Assessment. : Wiley. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com

Royse, D., & Ebrary, Inc. (2009). Needs Assessment David Royse ... [et al.]. (Ebrary (Collection)). New York: Oxford University Press.

-- Chapter 5: Writing the Needs Assessment



Demographic and Community Research

  • American Fact Finder: Type in a zipcode to get a snapshot of community facts.
  • Kaiser State Health Facts : Click on NYS and find information about OT services in Medicaid Benefits
  • Ithaca Business Directory: Ithaca Chamber of Commerce Directory. Useful for finding local business with addresses. Look at: Health Care
  • Healthy People 2020: Try the "data" search. Pick a topic (i.e. adolescent health) to get a baseline of how that objective has improved or worsened over time.



  • A portal for listings of U.S. federal grants, only.
  • Try searching via keyword in the search box: refugee; occupational therapy
  • Try using their more advanced search form
Grantsmanship Center: Search for available research funding by state, see what givers prefer, and explore which ones offer up the most money.

New York State 
  • Search the term "Grants" in the search box to get information about grants in NYS

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy.

Take some time to explore the "Find Funding" area:
  • Try the FDO Quickstart  (registration required) which is a free search tool, providing public access to essential information about over 100,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF
  • Try the 990 Finder to find information that funders file with IRS; It could be useful to look at the 990 tax returns of nonprofit organizations similar to the one you wish to find grants for, where you will find their donors listed.
    • -- Try to search using quotations "after school" and via geograhic location.
  • Requests for Proposals (RFPS): Announcements of funding opportunities. Also available as an RSS feed or free weekly e-newsletter.
  • Foundation Landscapes: These sites, which are constantly updated, provide a targeted look at the community of funders and recipients working on a common issue.
  • Foundation Stats:  Comprehensive resource available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.
  • Issues Lab: A place to browse reports, funders, and publishing organizations all within the social sector. 
  • Ask a Librarian for Help
Worksheets for Keeping Track of your Prospects: You may collect a lot of information, so use a worksheet to help you stay organized.

Learn About Foundations and Fundraising: Once you get past the classroom seminars, most of the content is free here. See especially the online training courses and tutorials, which include a  Grantseeking Basics Training Video,  Introduction to Fundraising Planning, and Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations.

Take some time to explore the  “Gain Knowledge” area:  
  • Foundation Research: Look at the "Key Facts on U.S. Foundations". Try clicking on the Foundation Focus, Grant Focus (priorities), or Grant Focus (Geography). 
  • Foundation Maps: Try looking at the Foundation Funding for US Democracy and explore the data. Find out who has given and received grants in Ithaca!  
Proposal Writing Short Course

Philanthropy Classification System  The Foundation Center maintains a classification system that might prove useful. It helps clarify the population served, the organization type, and the Subject area, as well as support strategies. When clicking on any of these, be sure to wait for the "Hierarchy" at the bottom to fill in.

Research Grants and Intervention Based Grants

American Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • Scholarship Program >> How to Apply >> You will find the deadline date here.
  • Research Grant Program: You can find information on AOTF grants, and past recipients of grants. It might be helpful to look at what was funded in the past couple of years to get a sense of research trends.  
US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Look at How to Get a Grant:  Lots of tips and resources regarding HHS grant opportunities.
  • Search forecasted HHS Grants (be sure to select HHS): Look at Eligibility, Agency, Category. Or try a keyword search (i.e. refugee)
National Institute of Health Grants and Funding: (Be sure to select "Grant Funding Only"
  • Try a keyword search (i.e. cancer, mental illness, occupational therapy)

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Overview of Grants


Flecky, K. & Gitlow, L. (2011).  Service-learning in occupational therapy education : philosophy and practice . Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Kielhofner, G. (2006). Research in occupational therapy: Methods of inquiry for enhancing practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. -- eBook

Manchanda, R. (2013). The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source. TED BOOKS.

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