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Overview

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

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"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)
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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.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Toolkit Forms on CD-ROM.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART ONE: FUNDAMENTALS OF NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

ONE: Overview of Needs Assessment.

TWO: Ideas and Models That Guide Practice.

THREE: Strategies for Collecting and Analyzing Data.

PART TWO: GETTING DOWN TO BRASS TACKS.

FOUR: Knowledge and Skills Assessment.

FIVE: Job and Task Analysis.

SIX: Competency-Based Needs Assessment.

SEVEN: Strategic Needs Assessment.

PART THREE: MANAGING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

EIGHT: Writing Proposals and Reports.

NINE: Ethical Issues.

TEN: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

PART FOUR: NEEDS ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT.

Toolkit Forms.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

About the Authors.

How to Use the CD-ROM.

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