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  • This presentation addresses the needs assessment process, and looks at current key areas of influence that are driving the progression and importance of analyzing organizational needs to optimize organizational success. The dilemma for many organizations is finding a decisive approach toward making sure that their workforce is prepared and competent to handle the technological and environmental changes that are likely to affect the business of the organization. However, the first step to linking organizational goals and objectives to organizational performance requires the establishment of a comprehensive evaluation process that identifies performance needs, gaps, and inadequacies. NEXT SLIDE
  • Needs Assessment - Hrd 845/441

    1. 1. Deborah L. Cooper Submitted in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirement of MHRD 845/441 December, 2008 Current Trends Influencing the Needs Assessment Process
    2. 2. Needs Assessment <ul><li>Systematic problem identification process </li></ul><ul><li>Gupta (2007) stated, “A needs assessment frames the problems or opportunities of interest and builds relationships among people and groups who have a stake in the issue” (p. 20). Gupta, further stated the needs assessment not only builds relationships among stakeholders, it clarifies problems or opportunities, sets targets for future achievement and presents valuable data for decision-making. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Current Trends <ul><li>Need for Performance Management </li></ul><ul><li>Justification of Training and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Advancing Technology </li></ul>
    4. 4. Performance Management <ul><li>Increasing number of organizations emphasizing performance management as a strategic effort to develop and improve their human capital capacity </li></ul><ul><li>in an effort to compete in the global economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimization and viability of an organization now relies on the ability to have an engaged, innovative, highly performance based workforce. </li></ul>Performance management is a set of organizational activities or processes aimed at coordinating and enhancing work activities and the performance of individuals within the organization.
    5. 5. Justification of Training and Development <ul><li>Training is a valuable performance improvement tool that builds employee proficiencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Return on Investment (ROI) - management wants to know that money spent on training and development of the workforce is necessary and cost effective. </li></ul><ul><li>Training initiatives must be linked to organizational objectives before performance changes take place. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Advancing Technology <ul><li>Core HR applications are now complemented by deliberate technological solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Offers the ability to obtain, manage, and analyze large amounts of data </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce processes can be automated </li></ul><ul><li>Training and development delivered anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Automated needs analysis processes </li></ul>Organizations have a great need for organized, accessible methods of data collection, storage, and analysis
    7. 7. Needs Assessment is necessary because…. <ul><li>Effective Performance Management relies on the identification of specific problems and opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Training and Development Initiatives require needs to be linked to organizational goals and strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Technology provides a means of obtaining, managing, and analyzing large amounts of data in a timely manner. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Swanson (2007) stated, <ul><li>“ The case for engaging in a front-end analysis is a practical one” (p. 9). The result for an organization is the accurate connection to achievable and manageable performance improvement. Swanson further stated, “Analysis reduces the amount of perceived chaos in the organization through professional expertise and purposeful inquiry” (p. 9). </li></ul>
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