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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.
Chapter 6: Evaluating the Entire Needs Assessment: Learning from the Expedition
Evaluating the Entire Needs Assessment: Learning from the Expedition
Most successful change processes are invariably accompanied by strong, embedded evaluation and monitoring practices along the journey of change. For this reason it's important to consider evaluation at the outset rather than see it as just something to consider at the end.
The act of conducting a needs assessment presents multiple opportunities for evaluation—literally before, during, and after (in pre-assessment, needs assessment, and postassessment). To our minds, including components for evaluating both the implementation and its outcomes will strengthen every needs assessment and resulting action plan. Broadly speaking, evaluation is a systematic inquiry [Page 134]process that at its best provides people with high-quality information ...