“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).

Some Initial Phase I Needs Assessment Activities

Some initial phase I needs assessment activities

We have examined the roles of facilitator and the needs assessment committee (NAC) in organizing and beginning to move forward. This chapter builds your skills in assessing the organizational culture. One perspective we advocate is that of an amateur ethnographer. It begins with a cultural audit, which is a fancy term for learning about the agency, institution, or business via an initial exploration as to its status for looking at needs. From there we proceed into other things that might be undertaken by the NAC and facilitator to firmly imbed the assessment in the context.

You are working as a facilitator (or consultant) helping a group of people do an assessment. An agreement ...

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