Needs Assessment on a Shoestring

Needs Assessment on a Shoestring

Needs Assessment on a Shoestring

Needs Assessment on a Shoestring


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Determine Organizational Needs Despite Limited Resources 

Needs Assessment on a Shoestring offers talent development professionals a process for addressing organizational needs and determining whether training is the solution. Needs assessment pros Kelly L. Jones and Jody N. Lumsden apply the Build-Borrow-Buy approach to provide guidance, quick tips, and shortcuts for investigating and uncovering everything you can about the organizational problem you need to solve.

With this book, you will learn to build a needs assessment strategy, gather insight through data analysis, and put forward effective solution recommendations. You’ll also pick up strategies for borrowing existing information, talent, and resources, and for making resource management decisions. Regardless of the scope of the project, the constraints of the business problem, or how you get the job done, the steps associated with needs assessments are flexible enough to scale up or down.

To conduct high-quality needs assessments, think like a detective. The detectives Sherlock Holmes, Velma Dinkley, and Hercule Poirot didn’t have large teams, unlimited budgets, or a bottomless well of resources to work with, but they succeeded by identifying who, where, and how to solve mysteries that no one else could. With this book, talent development professionals can too. This is a perfect resource for small companies—and departments of one or few—who need to get started right away.

The Association for Talent Development’s On a Shoestring series helps professionals successfully execute core topics in training and talent development when facing limitations of time, money, staff, and other resources. Using the Build-Borrow-Buy approach to problem solving, this series is designed for practitioners who work as a department of one; for new or “accidental” trainers, instructional designers, and learning managers who need fast, inexpensive access to practical strategies that work; and for those who work for small organizations or in industries that have limited training and development resources. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953946935
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 11/14/2023
Series: On a Shoestring
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 967,709
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kelly L. Jones, PhD, is a researcher, leader, consultant, and problem solver with expertise in building solutions that help people and organizations learn and 20 years of experience in curriculum development, instructional design, needs assessments, learning technologies, and workplace training and development. She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Mercer University, and a CPTD certification from ATD. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Jody N. Lumsden, EdD, is a consultant, speaker, and facilitator with 17 years of professional experience as a talent development and graphic design practitioner developing and implementing strategy and data-driven performance metrics in the areas of adult and workplace learning, curriculum planning, change management, and leadership coaching. She holds a doctorate in curriculum design and instruction from McKendree University. She lives in Jackson, Missouri.

Table of Contents

About the On a Shoestring Series

Dedication and Acknowledgments


Part 1. Build

Chapter 1. Building the Strategy

Chapter 2. Building the Case: Data Collection

Chapter 3. Building the Case: Data Analysis

Chapter 4. Building the Recommendations

Part 2. Borrow

Chapter 5. Borrowing Existing Data

Chapter 6. Borrowing Time and Talent

Part 3. Buy

Chapter 7. Budgeting for Time

Chapter 8. Buying Smart

Chapter 9. Buy-In

Bringing It All Together

Appendix A. Tools and Templates

Appendix B. A Worked Example


References and Resources

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