ERIC Number: ED193328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Using Needs Sensing Information to Set R & D Priorities.
Adams, Kay A.
Needs sensing is any type of systematic assessment of needs ranging from formal data collection through surveys to a more informal use of expert opinion through advisory groups. It is especially difficult to use systematically collected, data-based needs in research and development (R & D) organizations because they typically: (1) have the features of temporary organizations; (2) have multiple target audiences; and (3) operate on the cutting edge of changing problems. In a 1979 survey of 12 R & D organizations conducted collaboratively by the Council for Educational Development and Research and the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, the most predominant needs sensing technique was group process, including meetings, conferences, convening advisory groups and consultation; the second most frequent technique was content analysis of policy and research reports, followed closely by analysis of existing data. The majority of the information was collected from national and state education leaders. Although needs sensing appeared to influence priorities across all the R & D organizations surveyed, the most influential factors appeared to be the political process and funding opportunities. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Needs Sensing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).