Falls Church, VA | July 5, 2011: Today BPSOS releases the report on findings from a two-year study of community needs in nine geographic areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Delaware Valley, Falls Church (VA), Houston, Louisville (KY), Orange County (CA), Silver Spring (MD), and Springfield (MA).
This report is designed as a guide for BPSOS branch managers and program managers in expanding existing and developing new programs. It contains two components: the compilation of available research data and a survey of close to 500 clients served by a number of BPSOS branches. The study serves three purposes:
- Establish a more detailed image of BPSOS’s client population nationwide and regionally
- Analyze the dynamics of service provision and identify areas of need among the client population; an
- Synthesize information regarding client groups among and between branch offices.
While the findings cannot be generalized to the Vietnamese-American community at large, they highlight areas of unmet needs: ESL, employment, domestic violence, health, mental health and tax preparation services.
“The findings are useful to our management staff and may be of some value to other organizations that serve Vietnamese Americans,” explained Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, BPSOS’s Executive Director.
This study is part of BPSOS’s ongoing efforts to fill the gaps in research data about Vietnamese Americans. Data on the Vietnamese American community about needs, characteristics, challenges, strengths and opportunities have remained scarce.
“We need more and better data to guide planning, decision making, and evaluation,” Dr. Thang said.
In 2010 BPSOS explored the formation of Vietnamese American Research Institute (VARI) to systematically address the need for more research data on the Vietnamese-American community. To be officially launched at the first National Summit of Vietnamese-American Leaders, held on July 2, 2011 in Washington DC, VARI serves the following purposes:
- Compile and disseminate available research findings related to Vietnamese-Americans;
- Create opportunities for Vietnamese-American and other researchers to conduct research on the Vietnamese-American individuals, families and community; and
- Encourage more Vietnamese-Americans to choose research as their professional career.
George Mason University’s School of Social Work provided two graduate interns to conduct the needs assessment study.
The report of findings from this study is available here.
Information about the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders can be found at www.vasummit2011.org.