- Explain why a needs assessment was performed at the beginning phases of program development.
- Examine the role of the needs assessment in your evaluation plan.
- Recommend an appropriate evaluation design/model for your program.
- Identify data collection sources for your program based on your reading. What information will these sources provide you? What type of method is used, qualitative or quantitative?
A needs assessment needs to be done at the beginning of a program because it is not good practice to just randomly prepare a program without a worthy purpose. Usually a funder wants to know why something is being offered. Is there a need? Is it already being done by someone else and redundant? Whether the program is through a public sector source like health department or school, or public organization, the funds need to be justified. If a group writes a grant or responds to a RFP (Request for Proposals) then the foundation or other source has an objective in mind and will award money to a group that has an innovative idea or plan, and when it is competitive will offer an award to the group with the best idea. Often the group selected is the top ...