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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).

Coping with Quantitative Needs Data
Coping with quantitative needs data

Quantitative data are prominent in the needs assessment process. Numbers permit the calculation of a discrepancy, which is central to the “needs/gap” construct and important for prioritization and development of solution strategies. Nearly all investigations of need use quantitative procedures such as surveys, epidemiological studies, and database analyses. Because surveys are so common in this context (Mosely & Heaney 1994), they will be the main focus of this chapter. Before getting into them let's briefly consider records and epidemiological sources.

Organizations such as health care providers, educational systems, government agencies, and businesses routinely collect and maintain information on many different variables (Guercio, 2001). A utilitarian example of a data repository is the Pacific Regional Education Library Needs ...

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