Needs Assessments By: Dalton Coker Dr. Eileen Newmark
A needs assessment identifies gaps in results, places them in order of priority, and selects the most important for closure or reduction. (Rothwell & Kazanas, 2004) In other words where are the gaps in production? What areas of the organization are not operating efficiently? What is a needs assessment?
A needs assessment plan is a blueprint for collecting information about instructional needs. Steps: Objectives Target audience Sampling Procedures Data Collection Methods Specifications for Instruments and Protocols Methods of Data Analysis Descriptions of how Decisions Will Be Made Needs Assessment Plan
“Apprecitaive Inquiry is about the coevolutionary change search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them.” (Cooperrider& Whitney) Appreciative Inquiry focuses on approaching the needs assessment with a positive attitude. It also focuses on sustaining for the future. Appreciative Inquiry
Affirmitive Topic Choice It is a word or phrase that acts as the focus of the needs assessment. The focus or foundation of the appreciative inquiry. An example would be empowerment, innovation, integrity, etc. Appreciative Inquiry