“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).

What Precipitates Needs Assessment and Getting the Process Started?

What precipitates needs assessment and getting the process started?

Some Form of Systematic Planning is Best

What event or events set an assessment in motion? There are no simple answers, but there are some general triggers that we have observed:

  • a sense that the intended population is not being served or does not seem to resonate with current services;
  • the problem is getting larger rather than passing or being resolved over time;
  • the physical environment is changing, as might be the case with global warming, increasing traffic, greater demands for fossil fuels, and so forth;
  • our market share is diminishing, and if the trend continues, we face major problems;
  • a feeling is emerging that all is not ...
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