Conducting a Needs Assessment. Idaho Statewide Title I Conference Susan Durón, Ph.D. [email protected] April 7, 2011. Session objectives. Learn how to design a comprehensive needs assessment Develop a needs assessment tool to use in your own classroom, school, or district
Conducting a Needs Assessment
Idaho Statewide Title I Conference
Susan Durón, Ph.D.
April 7, 2011
1:00-1:15Introductions, agenda and materials review, overview of needs assessment
1:15-1:45Activity: Why assess needs?
1:45-2:153-phase process for assessing needs
2:45-3:00Real live example: Assessing the needs of migrant students in Idaho
3:00-3:45Activity: Developing needs assessment tools and sharing with the group
3:45-4:00Activity: Mapping needs assessment to the 9 Characteristics of Highly-Effective Schools
4:00-4:15Wrap up, Q&A, session evaluation
The assessment of needs is the first step in planning services. In the real world, there is never enough money to meet all needs. CNA is conducted to help identify and select the right students and the right programs to meet needs.
Informs and guides all aspects of program plan-ningand implementation because all students need to meet State performance targets
CNA provides a basis for the allocation of funds to students with the greatest need.
Also consider the degree to which needs are not being met through the general program, other services, as well as the availability of other programs.
That information will help you develop a plan for services.
There is no single model or template for a needs assessment; the exact components will depend on a school or district's specific context, human and fiscal resources, and needs.
You have only enough water to give one plant the moisture it needs, but you can divide up the water. What will you do?
You have only enough water to give the equivalent of one plant the moisture it needs. Or you can divide up the water to give each plant a percentage.
1. Establishing a needs assessment planning team
2. Identifying a needs assessment framework
3. Identifying data sources
4. Collecting and analyzing data
5. Conducting a “gap analysis”
6. Creating a data profile
7. Using the results to plan and improve services
Parents must be involved in an “organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning…of Title I programs.” (Title I-A, D-4)
“The assessment of needs should focus on those factors that have the potential to impact the achievement of students.”
Southwest Comprehensive Center, 2008
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Prepare a Man- Determine Target Set Priority
Identify Major Gather Data to Identify possible
Concerns Define Needs Solutions
Determine Meas- Prioritize Needs Select Solutions
urableIndicators Identify & Propose Action Plan
Consider Data Analyze Causes
Sources Prepare Summary Summarize or Report
Decide Prelimi- Findings
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
A need is a discrepancy or gap between what IS and what SHOULD BE
It is an “I want” or “I wish” assessment
It has systematic procedures to deter- mine needs and set service priorities
It looks at other needs identified in other parts of the “system”