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The final book in the Needs Assessment Kit, this volume focuses on the third phase by describing how to create and implement an action plan derived from needs priorities in ways that will enhance organizational learning and support future success.

The Action Plan: Collaborating for Change
The action plan: Collaborating for change

Recognize that all successful [change] strategies are socially based and action oriented.

—Fullan, 2006, p. 44

Successful expeditions require teamwork. Whether climbing Mount Everest, navigating the Amazon, or cycling in the Tour de France, teamwork wins the day. The same is true for postassessment. Developing and implementing an action plan requires the constructive participation and sustained commitment of those who work in the organization. In fact, needs assessors and organizational leaders must meaningfully invite, involve, ignite, and interconnect people in ways that will get the results used. This is the heart of postassessment—using needs assessment information to bring about meaningful change.

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