Needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or "gaps" between current conditions and desired conditions or "wants". The discrepancy between the current condition and wanted condition must be measured to appropriately identify the need. The need can be a desire to improve current performance or to correct a deficiency. 
A needs assessment is an important part of the planning process,often used for improvement in individuals, education/training, organizations, or communities. It can refine and improve a product such as a training or service a client receives. It can be an effective tool to clarify problems and identify appropriate interventions or solutions. By clearly identifying the problem finite resources can be directed towards developing and implementing a feasible and applicable solution.  Gathering appropriate and sufficient data informs the process of developing an effective product that will address the groups needs and wants. 
- 1 History
- 2 Application
- 3 Extensive Needs Assessment vs. Intensive Needs Assessment
- 4 Needs Chain Model
- 5 Training Needs Assessments
- 6 Community Needs Assessment – What is it?
- 7 Conducting a community level needs assessment
- 8 Examples of Community Needs Assessments
- 9 Additional Resources
- 10 References
Considered the "father of needs assessment," Roger Kaufman first developed a model for determining needs defined as a gap in results.  This particular emphasis in results focuses on the outcomes (or ends) that result from an organization's products, processes, or inputs (the means to the ends). Kaufman argues that an actual need can only be identified independent of premature selection of a solution (wherein processes are defined as means to an end, not an end unto themselves). To conduct a quality needs assessment according to Kaufman, you first determine the current results, articulate the desired results, and the distance between results is the actual need. Once a need is identified, then a solution can be selected that is targeted to closing the gap. Kaufman's model in particular identifies gaps in needs at the societal level, what Kaufman calls "Mega" planning, along with gaps at the Macro (or organizational) and Micro level..
Kaufman articulated 13 indicators for societal well-being, which there will be no losses of life nor elimination or reduction of levels of well-being, survival, self-sufficiency, and quality of life from any source, including (but not limited to): 
- War and/or riot and/or terrorism
- Unintended human-caused changes to the environment, including permanent destruction of the environment and/or rendering it non-renewable
- Murder, rape, or crimes of violence, robbery, or destruction of property
- Substance abuse
- Starvation and/or malnutrition
- Child abuse
- Partner/spouse/elder abuse
- Destructive behavior, including child, partner, spouse, self, elder, and others
- Discrimination based on irrelevant variables including color, race, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, and location
Depending on the scope of the project a needs assessment can be a costly and labor intensive project. A general twelve step process might entail the following:
- Confirm the issue and audience
- Establish the Planning Team
- Establish the Goals and Objectives
- Characterize Your Audience
- Conduct Information and Literature Search
- Select Your Data Collection Methods
- Determine Your Sampling Scheme
- Design and Pilot the Collection Instrument
- Gather and Report Data
- Analyze Data
- Manage Data
- Synthesize Data and Create Report
In the past 50 years, it has been an essential element of educational planning.  Over the past four decades, there has been a proliferation of models for needs assessment with dozens of models to choose from. 
Extensive Needs Assessment vs. Intensive Needs Assessment
The broad difference between extensive and intensive needs assessment is that extensive research uses a large number of cases to determine the characteristics of a population, while intensive research examines one or a few cases in depth to understand cause and effect.
One example of Extensive Needs Assessment is SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The basic process involves gathering information about an organization’s activities and outcomes within a set time period. The figure below lists a simplified version of the SWOT process.
|A Model SWOT Analysis
1. Recruit research group of 10-20 stakeholders or core group members for one to three meetings lasting approximately two hours each.
2. Generate a list of successes and failures of the group or organization over the past year. Allow for some limited discussion of each, without dwelling on any.
3. Generate a list of the group’s or organization’s strengths and weaknesses, and the external environment’s opportunities and threats, based on the understanding of successes and failures.
4. Brainstorm ideas for maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses while taking advantage of the environment’s opportunities and neutralizing its threats.
Once the group has identified needs, they then generally turn to intensive needs assessment in order to rank the identified needs so they can choose what they will address. An important thing to note is that while the ambitious may want to dive right into their list of needs, generally money and time constraints do not allow for all needs to be addressed and that is where an intensive needs assessment is useful.
As mentioned earlier, Intensive Needs Assessment requires the ranking of priorities. While there are many methods to rank needs, it is important to develop ranking criteria. Feasibility is often used as criteria, but it is often useful for a group to identify their own set of criteria. This part of the research is not so much concerned with developing a detailed plan for solving the needs situation, but rather for examining the depth of the need and potentially required resources. Force field analysis, developed by Kurt Lewin, is one method for facilitating determining needs feasibility. An example taken from Stoecker1 states that if, “for example, feasibility is defined as degree of staff expertise and time, or funds to buy expertise and time, the force field analysis can look for data indicating available staff expertise and time and/or available external funds and expertise.” The illustration below displays a model force field analysis.
|A Model Force Field Analysis
1. Recruit research group of 10-20 stakeholders or core group members for one or more meetings lasting approximately two hours each.
2. Review the list of needs developed through a SWOT analysis or other procedure. Allow for some limited discussions of each without dwelling on any.
3. Develop criteria for rating the feasibility of meetings needs.
4. Using the feasibility criteria, collect information on facilitating and impending forces inside the group or organization and outside it. This can be done through separate data collection or in a meeting if the stakeholders are well informed.
5. Apply the data to determine the feasibility of meeting each need.
Needs Chain Model
Needs Chain Model is composed of aligned horizontal and virtual processes in which there are four different kinds of needs that describe and identify the ultimate performance goal, solutions, and what might affect these solutions. These needs include
- Performance need: A state of existence or level of performance required for satisfactory functioning.
- Instrumental need: An intervention, product, or substance that is required to obtain a satisfactory level of functioning in a particular context.
- Conscious need: Need that are known to those who have them.
- Unconscious need: Need that is unknown to those who have them .
Also, it has four vertical factors that consider
- Organizational need: Needs that usually pertain to behavior or tangible outcomes, such as market share or sales target
- Individual needs: Needs that usually pertain to the individual’s attitudes about the organization or himself, such as job satisfaction.
- Level of objectivity for all needs: The objectivity level requires all needs to have a certain level of objectivity and to be based on deep investigation or further analysis
The Needs Chain Model provides tools that assist organizations in prioritizing resources and identifying areas that require improvement. Figure 1 identifies four main types of need that must be considered, for example, for determining the organization’s goals and the instrument needs with full understanding of the unconscious needs while a different factor determines the objectivity level.
Figure 1 : Needs Chain Model
|Instrument Needs||Unconscious Needs||Conscious Needs||Performance Needs|
|Organization Level||Training/workshop||Work consistency/tasks clarity/Management transparency||Learning||Market share/sales revenue|
|Individual level||Real applications||Job satisfaction/Recognition/Job security/Motivation||Knowledge or skills (English speaking skills)||Sales target/performing task effectively|
|Objectivity Level||Must be high objective||Must be high objective||Must be high objective||Must be high objective|
Training Needs Assessments
Training needs assessment is a systematic inquiry of training needs within an organization for the purposes of identifying priorities and making decisions, and allocating finite resources in a manner consistent with identified program goals and objectives.
There are three levels of a training needs assessment:
Organizational assessment evaluates the level of organizational performance. An assessment of this type will determine the skills, knowledge, and ability needs of an agency. It also identifies what is required to alleviate the problems and weaknesses of the agency as well as to enhance strengths and competencies. Organizational assessment takes into consideration factors such as changing demographics, political trends, technology, and the economy.
Occupational assessment examines the skills, knowledge, and abilities required for affected occupational groups. Occupational assessment identifies how and which occupational discrepancies or gaps exist, as well as examining new ways to do work that could fix those discrepancies or gaps.
Individual assessment analyzes how well an individual employee is doing a job and determines the individual's capacity to do new or different work. Individual assessment provides information on which employees need training and what kind.
The benefits of training needs assessments are:
- Puts training needs in context of organizational needs (business drivers)
- Validates and/or augments sponsor’s ideas about the need for training
- Ensures training design will respond to need
- Identifies non-training issues influencing performance
- Ensures survival of training function
- Establishes foundation for post-training evaluation
Community Needs Assessment – What is it?
A Community Needs Assessment is a combination of information gathering, community engagement and focused action with the goal of community improvement. A community needs assessment identifies the strengths and weaknesses (needs) within a community. Community leaders, local government, advocacy groups or a combination of these then address these identified needs through policy change or development.
A community needs assessment can be broadly categorized into three types based on their respective starting points: First, needs assessments which aim to discover weaknesses within the community and create a solution (Community Needs Assessment I). Second, needs assessments which are structured around and seek to address an already known problem or potential problem facing the community (Community Needs Assessment II). Third, needs assessments of an organization which serves the community (domestic violence centers, community health clinics etc) (Community Needs Assessment III).
Community needs assessments are generally executed in four steps: planning and organizing, data collection, coding and summarizing the needs assessment results, and sharing the results with the community to facilitate action planning. During the planning and organizing phase stakeholdersare identified, local organizations and/or local government begin to collaborate. Depending on the type of needs assessment being conducted one can tailor their approach.
Types of Community Needs Assessment – Strategies for Planning & Organizing
Community Needs Assessment I – This type of needs assessment seeks evaluate the strengths and weaknesses within a community and create or improve services based on the identified weaknesses. Organizing this type of needs assessment is primarily structured around how to best obtain information, opinions, and input from the community and then what to do with that information. This process may be broken into targeted questions which can direct the project overall. The following are sample questions taken from “A Community Needs Assessment Guide” from The Center for Urban Research & Learning:
- Define goals for the needs assessment
- What is the specific purpose of the needs assessment?
- How will the data from the community be used; to set a new agenda, support a new program or support new changes in service delivery or policies?
- What is the timeline for the needs assessment?
- If applicable, identify the target population. How will a sample from the population be chosen? Are there any special considerations which need to be considered in the most effective way to approach/obtain information and cooperation from said population?
Community Needs Assessment II – This type of needs assessment is constructed around a known problem or potential problem facing the community for example, disaster preparedness, how to address an increase in violent crime etc. This type of community needs assessment centers less around the direct involvement of the community but rather the governing entities, stakeholders, businesses, advocacy groups and organizations which will be potentially affected or can contribute to the community need. Potential organization questions could include:
- Identifying relevant stakeholders. This includes stakeholders affected by the problem or stakeholders of the program/or solution being addressed. The program staff, the funders, the consumers of the program.
- Learn more about the community and its residents
- Review already existing material regarding the community problem or potential problem
- Share your expectations, goals, and approach regarding the needs assessment with the other partners.
- Discuss and identify potential users of the agenda/solution likely to be generated by the needs assessment process
Community Needs Assessment III - This final type of needs assessment is based within an organization which either serves the community at large, is currently addressing a need within the community, or is dedicated to an underserved population within the community. This type of needs assessment centers around improving the efficiency or effectiveness of such organizations. Potential organization questions could include:
- Learn about the organizational culture and its philosophy by interviewing staff, including the executive director
- Review existing materials regarding the community need and the organization
- Tour the community and learn more about the target population or problem the organization serves
- Conduct a literature review to see what the recent research has to offer, review relevant archival information and what previous needs assessments by the organization have found
- Where is the program in terms of the implementation and development of service delivery?
- What current resources do the organization and its programs offer?
- Identify and learn about the program that would most benefit from a needs assessment.
Implementing a Community Needs Assessment – The exact methodology to implementing a community needs assessment is partially determined by the type of assessment you are performing (discussed above). However, general guidelines can be proposed.
1. Use of focus groups
2. Creating a needs assessment survey
3. Collecting and analyzing data
4. Community public forums
5. Producing a final report and planning action committees
Selecting members of a focus group first requires that you choose a target community, population, or demographic which you will structure your community needs assessment around. This information guides the selection process for a focus group. The principle of the focus group is to select members who are diverse yet share a degree of commonality. This may sound paradoxical yet it isn’t necessarily. Generally speaking the commonality between focus group members is a vested interest and stake in their community. Thus, focus group members might include: “local politicians, business owners, block club leaders and community activists. Another focus group would consist of adult resident of the community; and a third consisting of youth residents of the community”.
Focus groups solicit input from community members on broad, open-ended questions such as:
- What do you like about your community?
- What concerns you within your community?
- How would you improve your community?
- What changes do you foresee/fear/want to see in your community within the next 10 years?
Questions such as these can help target potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and needs for change or growth.
With the targeted objectives discovered in the focus group, the community needs assessment survey can be created and dispersed.
Public forums are the place where the information collected through the survey, the identified strengths, weaknesses, and concerns of the community are presented for open public discussion.
Finally, the results of the focus groups, survey, and public forum present a direction which the final report can detail. Action groups are formed and solutions and guidelines are enacted to ensure the changes desire are realized. 
Conducting a community level needs assessment
Service providers in Monitoring and Evaluation work are concerned with assessment and provision of services to different stakeholders. Such services may include an assessment of whether current services are effective or not, and if not, identifying the gaps in implementation; or an assessment of whether potential services are likely to be effective once they have been implemented (Rossi, Lipsey & Freeman, 2004). According to Sharma, Lanum and Saurez-Balcazar (2000) “the goals of a needs assessment is to identify the assets of a community and determine potential concerns that it faces” (p. 1). A needs analysis therefore becomes crucial in the initial stages of an intervention. A needs analysis is focused on identifying the possible barriers to successful program intervention in a community and possibly finding solutions to these challenges. In community development work practitioners are concerned with identifying barriers that stand in the ways of positive community progress. In many cases, an organization or community is faced by challenges with regards to some social issue, provision or access to services and it is the job of the practitioner, in consultation with stakeholders, to decide about how best to go about finding helpful interventions and implementing solutions to this.
A community level needs assessment is beneficial and crucial to any planned intervention on behalf of communities facing difficulties with regard to some community issue. A community level needs assessment will assist the practitioner to determine the nature and scope of a problem at which an intervention might be aimed, with the aim of finding out what possible interventions might be successful in alleviating the problem (Rossi, Lipsey & Freeman, 2004). A community needs assessment will also uncover which members of the community are most likely to benefit from a planned intervention and who might not be. Community level needs assessment will also give direction to planners in terms of where resources need to be allocated for the intervention so that they are not wasted. Community level needs assessments should include the community at all stages of planning, and should consider all people that might be affected by the planned intervention, including children, the elderly and the mentally ill.
Tools for an effective CLNA project
There are a number of components in a community level needs assessment, all of which are aimed at gathering data that will answer what the practitioner needs to know and inform the decisions that he or she makes. According to the National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center (www.ncstac.org.) the following are crucial components of a community level needs assessment.
Community demographics assist the practitioner to get a feel of the field that they are working in. Demographics include things like age ranges, the number of people living in a certain area within the community, the number or percentage of people within a certain socio economic status and gender characteristics <"www.ncstac.org">/<www.ncstac.org/content/materials/CommunityNeedsAssessment.pdf >. Demographic information about certain population groups can be found online at such official websites as www.statssa.gov in South Africa.
Consumer leadership assessment is an assessment of the frequency with which community members use or are likely to use an existing or planned service <www.ncstac.org/>. This assessment is meant to give an indication of the need for the existing or proposed intervention or service. Consumer leadership assessment is meant to give an indication of the different types of leadership activities and roles that are related to transformation in relation to some health or social issue that is being addressed. This may give an indication as to the degree of the need for an intervention or not.
An assessment of service gaps is meant to give an indication of the types of services that are needed the most at the particular point of time in which the assessment is being conducted (www.ncstac.org). A scale measuring the availability, accessibility, provider choice and cultural responsiveness of services, rated on a scale from 0-no availability/non-existent, to 3-outstanding and responsive is provided by the National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center. The scale also assesses the availability of other services in the community such as support groups, education and employment services that may be of interest to the practitioner.
Methodology and data collection: how to get information for the assessment
The following are the actual tools that can be involved in the process of gathering data to be used in the community needs assessment.
Surveys can be used especially in relation to the gathering of community demographics where a large number of people may be involved, and also in which multiple variables such socioeconomic status, education levels and employment are being measured in relation to the planned intervention. Large scale surveys involving many people can reveal useful information, while smaller surveys may be less generalizable and used only in the context within which they are conducted. Survey design will vary depending on context, such as internet and phone surveys for well resourced communities or face to face surveys for less resourced communities.
Often, a practitioner may be wanting to implement a service that they think will be of benefit to the community. The problem facing the practitioner will be where and how to place the service at a particular point in the community, and whether that service is likely to be used. Community mapping is where the practitioner gets people in the community to draw a map of the community of the places that they visit the most and how often they go there. This will give an indication of where to locate a service so that it is conveniently placed and accessible to community participants whom it is intended to service. The problem may arise where there are differences between the places that people visit.
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Focus group sessions
Focus groups are sessions in which community members can be answer questions about different aspects of the intervention in the form of planned discussions. This is a good opportunity to actually find out about the needs and concerns of the community. It is also a good opportunity for addressing service gaps and what needs to be done about them.
Examples of Community Needs Assessments
Bridging the Gaps: Toward an Efficient Social Service Delivery in Bayview Hunters Point
This is a good example as needs are identified in several different ways, such as research, survey analysis, and current gaps in service provision. All of this information can be used as analysis towards future policy implementation or as a focal point for discussion.
The author examined significant statistics that showed a need within the community of Bayview Hunters Point in order to “identify gaps in service delivery system to create a road map for improving neighborhood conditions by rationalizing the allocation of city dollars to social service programs” (Burke, 7). For example, in 2003, 174 children were removed from family homes in the Bayview; this is more than 18% of all children removed from their family in San Francisco. Such numbers could signify a need within the foster care system or family resources. The author also looked at the broad-based survey, Project Connect, which gathered data from 10,330 households specifically about their needs for services and current service utilization practices in the summer of 2004. The analysis from 1,551 Bayview households showed that their priorities, in order, are 1) childcare services, 2)health services, 3)tutoring/educational services, 4)immigrant services, 5) foodbank/meal services. According to the Child Care Planning and Advisory Council, in 2002 the unmet need for subsidized care in Bayview Hunters Point included 2,379 slots for children 0-13. Such needs were gathered from identifying how many slots exist, and whether families can pay for those slots.
Environmental Community Needs Assessment Example:
Gupta et al. developed a model focused at the community level they term community needs analysis. Their model involves identifying material problems/deficits/weaknesses and advantages/opportunities/strengths, and evaluating possible solutions that take those qualities into consideration. (Note this is different from Kaufman's Mega model that focuses on identifying societal-level needs).
Community needs assessment involves assessing the needs that people have in order to live in:
- an ecologically sustainable environment
- a community that maintains and develops viable social capital
- a way that meets their own economic and financial requirements
- a manner that permits political participation in decisions that affect themselves
Community needs assessment as a technique thus forms a part of an Ecologically Sustainable Community Economic Development (ESCED). It forms a first step in any project that aims to secure:
- Ecological enhancement: minimizing ecological impact or ameliorating any ecological damage
- Social vitality: building a community that meets all the social and human needs of its members
- Economic resilience: "shock-proofing" local "green" business enterprises as much as possible
- Political participation in ways that ensure the participation of people in political decisions that affect them
- social justice
- participatory democracy
- non-violent resolution of conflict
- ecologically sustainable development
Watkins, et al. conducted a comparison of the major needs assessment models based on the level of organizational planning each addressed and the direction of linkages between the levels of planning. The following reflect the models included in that analysis, with a few new additions:
- Altschuld (2010) - The Needs Assessment Kit outlines a three-phase generic needs assessment model, consisting of Phase I (what's known, getting organized and determining priorities), Phase II (collection of new data), Phase III (designing, implementing, and evaluating solution.
- Burton & Merrill (1991) - Explores developing effective instructional educational material. Four basic elements include: identifying a broad range of potential goals, prioritize goals, identify discrepancies between expected and actual performance, and prioritize actions.
- Gordon (1994)
- Hannum & Hansen (1989) - - Outline a general steps for a needs assessment to create a training program. Hannum and Hansen suggest identifying the purpose, sample data, and expected impact for each of the following steps: organizational environment, baseline performance data (what's the expected and actual level, target audience, training policy.
- Mager & Pipe (1997)
- Murk & Wells (1988)
- Nelson et al. (1995)
- Ostroff & Ford (1989)
- Robinson & Robinson (1995) - Applies a performance perspective to needs assessments. The model includes developing a performance relationship map and identifying operational business needs.
- Rossett (1987) - A guide to conducting a training needs assessment using various data collection methods, analysis of findings, and implementation.
- Rothwell & Kazanas (1992) - Applies typical needs assessment steps to identifying human performance problems, including clarifying objectives, target audience, sampling procedures, data collection methods, instruments and protocols, data analysis methods, and description of action plan based on data found.
- Rummler & Brache (1990)
- Shafloot (2010) 
- Witkin & Altschuld (1995) - A three-phase model for conducting a needs assessment to fit a variety of situations.
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- Altschuld, James W. and David Devraj Kumar (2010). Needs Assessment:An Overview. Thousan Oaks: Sage. ISBN 978-1-4129-7584-1.
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