ERIC Number: ED224229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of a Needs Assessment Process. Occasional Paper Number 3.
Black, Talbot; And Others
The paper considers the concept of needs assessment in terms of the activities of TADS (Technical Assistance Development System), a project to provide support services to model demonstration projects and state education agency grantees of the Handicapped Children's Early Education Program. Section 1 defines needs assessment, describes approaches to needs assessment (democratic approach and discrepancy approach), and lists guiding principles of the TADS needs assessment process (such as confidentiality of information). Section 2 traces the evolution of the TADS needs assessment process from 1971 to 1981. Included within the section are sample interview formats, project development checklists, worksheets, and pages from the "TADS Needs Assessment Procedures Manual." Current needs assessment procedures are described in a third section in terms of on-site and self-administered needs assessments, scheduling, matching the needs assessor to the project, preparing for the needs assessment, implementing the needs assessment, and developing the memorandum of agreement. Evaluation of the needs assessment procedures is the topic of the fourth section. Sample questionnaires are offered, and findings from two case studies and assessment strategies are mentioned. Among conclusions is that TADS provides structure by thoroughly training needs assessors in the process of assessment and familiarizing them with the clients' mission and scope, by suggesting preparatory activities for the client, and by developing materials with which to review programs. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Technical Assistance Development System.