Culturally responsive JSNAs: a review of race equality and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) practice

Corporate author: Shared Intelligence and Race for Health

Publisher: Department of Health

Publication date: November 2010

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Joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) enable local areas to:

  • identify need
  • commission services
  • engage communities in improving health and wellbeing.

However, there is wide variation between areas in the quality of JSNAs produced and the responsiveness of JSNAs to cultural diversity.  To guide future JSNAs, this report proposes a framework which identifies the dimensions of excelling practice. If local areas adapt this framework to their unique circumstances, then JSNAs will be more effective in shaping services to meet diverse community needs.