When starting a group or action, it is important to become acquainted with your activist surroundings. Are there other groups either doing the same project or doing something similar? Is it more appropriate to begin a new group or action and ally with another group, or is it more appropriate to join a group already doing the work you wish to do. It can be very frustrating as an activist to be working on a project, only for another group to appear, and without ever approaching you or your group, begin doing a similar, if not exact same project. This can result in burnout, intergroup hostilities in place of ally-ship, and duplication and watering down of work rather than solidification and coalition building.
What follows is a sample community impact survey/needs assessment survey, with sample questions that may help you in starting.