Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment Overview

Types of needs assessments

Unit needs assessments

  • Used to identify unit priority issues
  • Unit-based standard process identifies capacity, needs, and gaps
  • Uses primary and secondary data and key informant interviews
  • For status in your unit, consult your county director
  • Multi-year unit plans of work are based on unit needs assessment findings

Educator-led needs assessment

  • Used to inform educator programming
  • Educators determine purpose and approach, consulting with your county director and program leader as needed
  • May incorporate program demand data, needs assessment survey, key informant interviews, secondary data, literature review, regulatory information, and funding opportunities, etc.
  • See Overview of needs information sources