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ERIC Number: ED149208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 24
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Issues in Need Assessment Data Collection Strategies.
Bell, Roger A.; And Others
This paper focuses on both conceptual and methodological issues involved in the utilization of different need assessment strategies. Among the strategies discussed are: (1) key informant; (2) community forum; (3) service utilization; (4) social indicators; and (5) citizen survey. Each of these more commonly used need assessment strategies: (1) has an implicit theoretical orientation toward the definition of need; (2) utilizes different measuring tools; (3) varies in degree of reliability and validity of the obtained measures; (4) differs in the amount of technical expertise required to collect the data; and (5) varies as to the degree of interpretation necessary in order to plan and develop programs from the collected data. Comparison of the different methodological approaches allows for: (1) a better articulation of the efficacy of these approaches; (2) further refinement of the approaches; and (3) a clearer delineation of which single or multiple procedures are most appropriate for which questions, situations, and problems. Maximum fit needs to be obtained between the approach or approaches and the task. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 1977)