This is the first installment resulting from a collaboration with HandsOn Network and their parent org, Points of Light, to create a guide for creating a volunteer management program. The finished product will be available as a single download, however we wanted to create a series of stand alone resources as well.
What: The concept behind a needs assessment is to collect information about expressed or implied needs within an area or community.
When: Initial needs assessments should be conducted early on in the exploratory phase of a program or project. A community’s needs will change with time so it is always beneficial to periodically revisit this as well.
Who: Ideally this will includes seeking input from a diverse sample of the stakeholders within that community. It is also possible to conduct basic needs assessment by yourself or within a team setting as well.
Why: There are a number of reasons you should consider conducting a needs assessment. Here are just a few…
The following worksheet contains ideas to help get you started on assessing the needs of the area or population being served.
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