To prepare for this Discussion, review the examples of needs assessments presented in both of the readings (listed Below). Consider the elements of a needs assessment plan that you must include in your own plan.
Post: a needs assessment plan for a potential program of your choice that meets a currently unmet need. Describe the unmet need and how current information supports your position that a needs assessment is warranted.
Identify the sources of information that you might use when conducting a needs assessment, including potential informants. Explain who among these potential informants would be valuable resources and why. Identify steps for obtaining credible, unbiased information.
Be sure to cite course resources or other resources, such as those in the Walden Library, related to both the program idea and to approaches to needs assessments.
Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
- (For review) Chapter 6, “Needs Assessment” (pp. 107–142)
- Chapter 7, “Crafting Goals and Objectives” (pp. 144–164)