ERIC Number: ED198430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Need for a Needs Assessment.
Wutchiett, Ron; And Others
Needs assessments are conducted with the expectation that the information obtained will be used to make rational decisions. A prior review of the anticipated utilization of needs assessment data and evaluation of the appropriateness of such utilization may prevent inefficient use of resources. A structured interview was developed to evaluate the willingness and ability of community mental health leaders to use data which would be obtained by a needs assessment. Interviews were conducted with five mental health agency administrators and the director of a mental health planning board to ascertain how they would use future needs assessment data. All respondents indicated that the results would not influence service delivery patterns. Agency administrators viewed assessment data primarily as a means of justifying existing services and of obtaining funds for the expansion of services. Several barriers to the contructive use of needs assessment data were identified. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.