Despite the increasing necessity for needs assessments in a variety of fields, much confusion still prevails on how to conduct such assessments successfully. This book is a practical guide to that end.
The authors first introduce a three-phase model - preassessment, assessment and postassessment - to clarify the distinctions between the needs of primary service recipients and the people and resources that exist. They go on to describe methods appropriate for gathering data for assessing needs and for causal analysis. The presentation of the framework, the coverage of several approaches for analyzing data, the balanced description of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and the multiple case studies and
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About the Author
James W. Altschuld, Ph D, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught program evaluation, needs assessment, and research methods. He has published and presented extensively in the field of evaluation particularly with regard to how needs are assessed.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: PLANNING AND MANAGING THE NEEDS ASSESSMENTA Three-Phase Model of Needs AssessmentPhase 1 - PreassessmentPhase 2 - AssessmentPhase 3 - PostassessmentPART TWO: METHODS FOR CONDUCTING A NEEDS ASSESSMENTRecords and Social IndicatorsSurveys, Interviews, and the Critical Incident TechniqueBasic Group ProcessesSpecialized Survey and Group Techniques for Data Gathering and AnalysisFuture-Oriented Needs Assessment ProceduresCausal Analysis