Gift Guide

A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Rent from
(Save 63%)
Est. Return Date: 01/23/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $18.11
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 69%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $18.11   
  • New (3) from $21.00   
  • Used (5) from $18.11   


This thoroughly revised edition of the best-selling resource A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment offers a practical and comprehensive guide for practitioners who are responsible for: Introducing a training program, Creating adult education programs, Assessing the development needs of a workforce, Improving individual, group, organization, or interorganizational performance in the workplace, Implementing community, national, or international development interventions.

Designed as a resource for practitioners, this book is filled with how-to information, tips, and case studies. It shows how to use data-based needs assessments to frame people-related problems and performance-improvement opportunities, obtain support from those who are affected by the changes, make effective decisions, and increase efficiency. The book details four approaches to needs assessment-knowledge and skill assessment, job and task analysis, competency-based needs assessment, and strategic needs assessment. It also describes techniques for collecting and analyzing data, strategies for managing a needs assessment, ethical guidelines, models and theories, and frequently asked questions.

The book's straightforward approach is designed to help new and experienced practitioners quickly get to the heart of the matter and apply the information right away. Those who are new to needs assessment will find throughout the book the worksheets, ready-to-use Toolkit Forms, and templates that can jump-start a needs assessment. Experienced practitioners will find the book filled with ideas from recognized thought leaders in the field as well as new resources and ways of collecting and analyzing data and engaging those whoare affected by the changes.

About the Author:
Kavita Gupta has developed training programs for corporations and conducted workshops for several New England universities

About the Author:
Catherine M. (Cathy) Sleezer. Ph.D., is the manager of learning and organization development at Baker Hughes-Centrilift

About the Author:
Darlene F. Russ-Eft, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Adult Education at the College of Education at Oregon State University

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Virtually anyone who senses that their workplace is not running as effectively as it could and desires to identify the areas needing improvement will be able to accomplish that by using (this book)..." (Technical Communication, 02/2008)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787982720
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/2007
  • Series: Essential Knowledge Resource Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 682,416
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Kavita Gupta has developed training programs for corporations and conducted workshops for several New England universities.

Catherine M. (Cathy) Sleezer, Ph.D., is the manager of learning and organization development at Baker Hughes-Centrilift.

Darlene F. Russ-Eft, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Adult Education at the College of Education at Oregon State University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Toolkit Forms on CD-ROM.




ONE: Overview of Needs Assessment.

TWO: Ideas and Models That Guide Practice.

THREE: Strategies for Collecting and Analyzing Data.


FOUR: Knowledge and Skills Assessment.

FIVE: Job and Task Analysis.

SIX: Competency-Based Needs Assessment.

SEVEN: Strategic Needs Assessment.


EIGHT: Writing Proposals and Reports.

NINE: Ethical Issues.

TEN: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Toolkit Forms.




About the Authors.

How to Use the CD-ROM.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)