3 comments on “Week 2 Blog Post: Planning for a Needs Assessment

  1. Hi Tim,

    You quoted that “the key to success is making sure all primary stakeholders are involved in the assessment, not just at the start of the planning process, but throughout the entire process, beginning to end” (as cited in Patton, 2008). Since customers are stakeholders -as you mentioned in the post- would you consider utilizing data from customers in your needs assessment? Why or why not? In using the different data collection tools, which tool would you designate for whom?

    Patton, M. (2008). Utilization-focused evaluation. (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  2. Hi Tim,

    Great post. I like that you made a point of including several different types of data collection methods, including a differentiation of what each is good for. Which would you use for which type of stakeholder? That is, when would you use interviews and when would you include surveys? Would you pair specific questions or question types with a given strategy?

    Thanks for your insight,


  3. Hello Tim,

    I agree with the statement that Interviews are great to uncover details of training or other needs, as employees may feel more secure and safe in a private interview as long as they believe the interview is in confidentiality (Noe, 2013). However, how will you go about convincing the participants that the info exchanged during the sessions will indeed remain confidential and perhaps anonymous seeing as their counterparts may know who has been selected to participate.


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