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    • Conducting Needs Assessments
      Lynda Milne
      2009
      Institute for
      New Faculty Developers
    • Basic Questions of Needs Assessment
      What changes in behavior, attitudes and performance are needed or expected?
      [How] will we get them?
      What are the expected economic costs and benefits of any projected solutions?
      Rouda, R.H. & Kusy, M.E. (1995). Needs assessment: The first step.
      If professional development is the solution, what’s the problem?
    • Needs Assessment Methods
    • Needs Assessment Methods
    • Which source? Mixed sources, usually
      Triangulation: multiple forms of overlapping, diverse pieces of evidence and perspectives.
      By using multiple forms of evidence and perspectives, a truer portrait of the student can be developed (Wiggins, 1998). While the same biases in evidence collection still come into play, because more types of evidence are being used to form one's opinion about the student, there are more cross checks on the accuracy of the decision.
      Multiple data sources (survey, observation, focus groups, interview
      Ensure non-overlapping areas of weakness and strength
    • NOAA’s 12 Steps for Needs Assessment http://www.csc.noaa.gov/needs/
      Let’s try a few steps.
    • Examples and Cases
      CTL Biennial Faculty Development Surveys
      2003 triangulated with survey of CAOs, survey of presidents, interviews with deans, focus groups of CTL Campus Leaders.
      Program design from yesterday
      Needs assessment for recruitment/retention of faculty of color
      Yours?
    • Reporting
      Reporting data so that stakeholders and decision-makers feel they have enough information is key.
      What changes in behavior, attitudes and performance are expected?
      [How] will we get them?
      What are the expected economic costs and benefits of any projected solutions?
    • Go forth and inquire!
      Needs evaluation: University of Texas
      http://www.utexas.edu/academic/diia/assessment/iar/programs/plan/types/needs.php
      Needs Assessment: George Mason University
      http://classweb.gmu.edu/ndabbagh/Resources/Resources2/Needs.htm
      ScienceDirect - Evaluation and Program Planning : Problems in needs assessment data: Discrepancy analysis
      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V7V-4NP9839-2&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=939124035&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=db332240579260baf47
      Who Needs What Training? A Look Askance at Training Needs Assessment
      http://home.att.net/~nickols/who_needs.htm
      Needs Assessment
      http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~rouda/T2_NA.html
      Instructional Design Models
      http://carbon.cudenver.edu/~mryder/itc_data/idmodels.html
      Needs Assessment Surveys: Do They Predict Attendance at Continuing Education Workshops?
      http://www.joe.org/joe/2002august/a4.php
      This set of links (and more?!) at
      http://www.diigo.com/list/lmilne/needs-assessment