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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 5: Prioritizing Identified Needs
Prioritizing Identified Needs
Prioritization is perhaps the most glossed-over procedure in needs assessment. Several factors account for this. Assessment is an involved process that may take a significant commitment of human and financial resources. During the process the organization (via the needs assessment committee, or NAC) is obtaining a clearer picture of needs, why they exist, and potential solutions. As the assessment unfolds, needs may appear obvious, and it is not necessary to prioritize them. In some circumstances this is true; both the quantitative and the qualitative data point to what the priorities should be. Moreover, from discussions the facilitator senses that there is no disagreement on what should be emphasized. When these conditions occur there is no reason to complicate things anymore; ...