Needs Assessment Resources
Why, How, When
A needs assessment is an important part of program planning: to enable setting needs-based priorities. It is a systematic process to determine needs, the measurable gaps between current and desired conditions.
UC ANR TRAINING MATERIALS
Link to 2022 Training Recording. Panel of UCCE academics share their approaches for these program areas: Agronomy, Nutrition, Small Farms.
Other recorded UCCE examples of needs assessments:
MORE UCCE EXAMPLES
For focusing and developing extension and research
Marin Community Garden Needs Assessment
Surveys and other tools
Community asset mapping example
In general, needs assessment surveys do not require IRB approval because they are used for internal program development purposes and not for specific research. However, if you plan to publish your needs assessment effort you will need IRB approval. For additional information see the Human Subject Protocol resources.
Asset-based approach references
- Kretzmann and J. McKnight’s book: Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing A Community’s Assets (1993)
- Altschuld’s book: Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment: Concepts and Practical Applications (2015)
- Effective Engagement with Latino Youths and Communities
- Using an Asset-Based Community Development Initiative to Attract and Retain Young People - JOE_v49_2iw1
Urban Ag Needs Assessment
Presentations by James Altschuld (needs assessment expert), Ohio State University
Needs Assessment A Workshop
Introduction to Designing Needs Assessment Surveys
Needs Assessment Kit panel
Needs Assessment Kit (Ed., J. W. Altschuld) SAGE is the 2010 publisher of the 5 volume Kit.
Books in order:
1. An Overview J. W. Altschuld (The Ohio State University) & D. D. Kumar (Florida Atlantic University)
2. Phase 1: Getting Started J. W. Altschuld & J. N. Eastmond, Jr. (Utah State University)
3. Phase 2: Collecting Data J. W. Altschuld
4. Analysis and Prioritization J. W. Altschuld & J. L. White (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
5. Phase 3: Taking Action for Change Laurie Stevahn (Seattle University) & Jean King (University of Minnesota)