Needs assessment is basically a well-defined process of analyzing the size and kind of gap between the available and more wanted knowledge, performances, skills, situations, attitudes and performances. The following paper will focus on the various needs assessment strategies and why has the author selected them.
Precisely, need assessment can be defined as a procedural investigation of the way one perceives things around him and the way they should ideally be. Now, things here refer to performance at individual or organisational levels. The basic question now is, why do we need a need assessment strategy? Let’s chalk out a few relevant points:
We need various need assessment strategies to :
1. Understand the learning accomplished.
2. Analyze the changes in performance and behaviour of an organisation.
3. Know the expected economic expenses and benefits.
4. Know if we will get the desired outcomes or not.
Now let us put some light on the various need assessment strategies:
2. Focus group
3. Exercises based on standardized assessment.
5. Organisational, federal and provincial databases.
6. Various observational techniques.
A well-defined need assessment strategy is accomplished in four different steps. The first step is to perform a gap analysis i.e. to understand the current situation and the desired necessary situation. Second step involves identifying properties and their significance. Third step is to understand the causes of performance problems and the available opportunities. Finally, the fourth and last step is to position the possible solutions and growth opportunities.
Basically, needs assessment strategies will directly depend on the use of needs assessment, the kind of desired data and the available resources. One might need to combine several strategies to provide a much more comprehensive and easy understanding of a particular situation. At the same time, one should keep the fact in mind that identified needs are likely to represent only a significant segment of the existing needs.
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