Planning and Conducting Needs Assessments: A Practical Guide

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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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Contents

A ThreePhase Model of Needs Assessment
3
Phase 1Preassessment
20
Phase 2Assessment
40
Phase 3Postassessment
75
Records and Social Indicators
103
Surveys Interviews and the Critical
128
Basic Group Processes
153
Specialized Survey and Group Techniques
186
FutureOriented Needs Assessment Procedures
210
Causal Analysis
239
Postscript
275
References
285
Recommended Reading
291
About the Authors
301
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(Deceased.)

James W. Altschuld, PhD, 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.

James W. Altschuld, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught program evaluation, needs assessment, andnbsp;research methods. He has published and presented extensively in the field of evaluation particularly with regard to how needs arenbsp;assessed. nbsp;

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