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Kean University Research Team Presents Final Union County Needs Assessment Report

UNION, N.J. – Researchers from Kean University presented the official Union County Needs Assessment final report to the United Way of Greater Union County in a presentation in the Kean Hall Conference Center on June 12. The event marked the culmination of a 15-month study of the social and human needs of the residents of Union County. The research team, who were selected for their expertise in the various research areas, consisted of Kean University faculty Drs. José Sanchez, principal investigator, Christopher Donoghue, Zandra Gratz, Mary Lou Mayo and Melodie Toby.

“From the onset of this project, the consulting team and I conceived the design and methodology of this study as a way to address issues related to social justice and community service,” said Sanchez.

Key study areas included exploring needs and gaps in the delivery of services and how increased institutional efficiency and effectiveness may be used as vehicles to improve social services.

“The research findings are only meaningful if they are utilized to improve the lives of people,” said Sanchez. “It is our obligation to work everyday toward transforming lives and our success is a reflection of our compassion and our commitment to our work.”

As indicated in the full report, a systems approach to strategic planning is indispensable to managing uncertainty and maintaining control over the limited resources available to meet the many needs identified in this study.

It is the hope of the research team that the needs assessment leads not only to better decision making, but to the enhancement of the quality of life of Union County residents.

For further information about the Union County Needs Assessment conducted by Kean University, please contact Dr. José Sanchez, chair of Kean’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at (908) 737-4053.

To view the complete report, visit