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“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).
Chapter 1: The Data and Prioritization Mess: What is the NAC Getting into?
The Data and Prioritization Mess: What is the NAC Getting into?
The Data Side of the Equation
When needs assessment data have been collected there are two related acts (analysis and prioritization) that are necessary to get meaningful information and move the process forward. These are the foci of this book. Analysis and prioritization are, at times, treated as one, but from our viewpoint that does not best fit the practice and art of the field. Why is that so, and what would we recommend?
Before answering, data collection in the needs context must be examined. In the KIT there has been a continuous drumbeat about the use of multiple methods (quantitative and qualitative) for understanding what ...