Needs Assessment

Paperback | February 23, 2009

byDavid Royse, Michele Staton-tindall, Karen Badger

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In today's rapidly changing world, new social and human service problems emerge constantly, and in order to make good use of resources that are often limited, social service agencies must ensure that their services are truly needed. Needs assessments provide a baseline against which laterresults can be compared, and may also assist policy-makers in recognizing new trends or problems on the horizon. With so much hinging on their outcome, these assessments must be conducted both accurately and efficiently, and this pocket guide will give practitioners the ability to do so. Written by a group of social work scholars with a collective wealth of experience in conducting needs assessments at all levels, this practical guide will walk readers step by step through the process of selecting the right design to confidently conducting the assessment, meticulously analyzingdata, and finally writing a cogent report. In addition, the authors explore the various approaches that can be used to assess the needs of a client or population group and the differences between large- and small-scale assessments. Later chapters in the book include discussions of emergingtechnologies in the field as well as abundant social work case examples.

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In today's rapidly changing world, new social and human service problems emerge constantly, and in order to make good use of resources that are often limited, social service agencies must ensure that their services are truly needed. Needs assessments provide a baseline against which laterresults can be compared, and may also assist pol...

David Royse, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Doctoral Program director in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Michele Staton-Tindall, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Karen Badger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and the Director of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.1 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. What is Needs Assessment?2. First Steps in the Needs Assessment Process3. Selecting a Needs Assessment Design4. Analyzing the Needs Assessment Data5. Writing the Needs Assessment Report6. Staff Training Needs Assessment7. Conducting a Statewide Needs AssessmentReferencesIndex