- A process for identifying the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving organizational goals,
- A process for pinpointing reasons for gaps in performance or a method for identifying new and future performance,
- A method of finding out the nature and extent of performance problems and how they can be solved,
- The process for pinpointing reasons for gaps in performance or a method for identifying new and future performance needs, or...
- A systematic approach with defined series of phases that gathers data by means of established procedures and methods for a specific purpose.
In other words, a Needs Assessment looks at what is needed in company, a social group, a non-profit organization, or a community. For an organization, a
Needs Assessment identifies the goals of that organization (company, service agency, government bureau, work group, etc.) and then examines what is needed to reach those
goals. Then, and this is central, the Needs Assessment compares what the organization has with what it needs to reach those goals.
In a community, the Needs Assessment looks at the people of the community and identifies what they perceive to be their goals (desires etc.) and assesses how
well they are equiped to reach those goals. The final product lays out a map of what the people really need and what steps can be taken to meet that need.
Community Empowerment Research provides customized Needs Assessment for any organization–for profit or non-profit. For more about this,
read about our Moving Out process.
We also offer two standardized Needs Assessments:
Looking In – Assess the strengths and needs of your congregation. (For churches and other religious organizations)
Looking Out – Assess the strengths and needs of the community nearby. (For any organization serving the greater community)