This checklist is helpful in determining when and how to conduct a needs assessment. Program directors and services area managers can use it when identifying local needs and resources.
You know the characteristics of a needs assessment survey:
___They have a pre-set list of questions to be answered.
___They have a pre-determined sample.
___They are done by interview, phone, or written response.
___The results are tabulated, summarized, distributed, discussed, and used.
You understand why to do a needs assessment survey:
___To learn more about what your group or community needs are.
___To get a more honest and objective description of needs than people might tell you publicly.
___To become aware of possible needs you never knew about.
___To document your needs.
___To make sure your future actions are in line with expressed community needs.
___To garner greater support.
___To involve more people in the subsequent action.
You understand when to do a needs assessment survey:
___When your group is just starting out.
___When there is doubt as to what the most important needs are.
___When group members disagree on this point themselves.
___When you need to convince outside funders or supporters that you are addressing the most important community problems.
___When you want to assure community support.
You understand when not to do a needs assessment survey:
___When there is absolutely no doubt as to what needs to be done.
___When it is urgent to act right now.
___When an assessment has been done recently.
___When you feel the community would see an assessment as redundant or wasteful.
You understand how to carry out a needs assessment survey:
___You have identified reasons for choosing to do this survey.
___You have identified goals for the survey.
___You are ready to conduct the survey.
___You have decided how much time you have to do the survey.
___You have decided how many people you are going to question.
___You have decided who will be asked.
___You have decided what questions will be asked.
___You have decided who will ask the questions.
___You have created a draft of the survey.
___You have tried out the survey on a test group.
___You have revised the survey.
___You have administered the survey.
___You have tabulated your results.
___You have interpreted your results.
___You have planned future actions.
___You have implemented your actions.
___You have repeated your assessment.