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Planning a Needs Assessment is a Course

Planning a Needs Assessment

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A needs assessment is an approach used to gain an in-depth understanding of complex problems and focuses of the needs of a community to derive human-centered solutions. It consists of, but is not limited to, observations, interviews, literature reviews and extensive critical thinking. In conducting a needs assessment, you will not only be able to identify the needs in a given community or setting, but also determine how best to address those needs.

After completing this block you will be able to:

  • Plan and conduct a needs assessment

  • Differentiate between problems, needs and solutions

  • Identify needs and develop methods to categorize them

  • Choose a strategic focus that aligns with you/your team’s mission, strengths, and weaknesses

  • Recognize, acknowledge and understand stakeholder perceptions with respect to the needs

  • Determine key factors for filtering and prioritizing needs

  • Document the needs assessment

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