“There is plenty of sound advice for beginners, an update for individuals with more background, and pragmatic tools for everyone in the Needs Assessment process.”—Valerie Larsen, University of VirginiaThis book shows how to analyze and combine qualitative and quantitative data. The authors also explain how to put results together to facilitate making empirically based needs decisions. Although this book can be used in a stand-alone fashion, it is part of the Needs Assessment KIT—five interrelated and sequenced books that take the reader through the needs assessment process (ISBN: 978-0-7619-2595-8).
Why a Whole Book Devoted to Getting a Needs Assessment Going?
Each of us has spent more than 30 years working on needs assessment and related topics, and we have seen our share of failures. Some investigations have been too broad and others too narrow, resulting in their needs-based findings not being used and having limited impact on organizational behavior and policies. Organizations asking for assistance with a needs assessment may not understand what the term connotes, what the process of assessment might entail, that there are many different types of needs (maintenance, short and long term, and service recipient/provider), and so forth. At times, needs assessment is confused with evaluation of programs in regard to implementation and outcomes.
Given our collective observations, the obvious concern ...