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Conducting Needs Assessments

By Holly Hutchins, Ph.D. and Lisa A. Burke, Ph.D., SPHR   

This learning module describes the steps to conduct a needs assessment as part of a training design process. At the completion of this module, learners will be able to discuss the role of needs assessment in the training design process; describe the steps to conduct a needs assessment; and develop a plan to assess needs of a performance issue. The content is most appropriate for the undergraduate level but could also be used in an introductory training graduate course. The module is 150 minutes in length and can be taught over three, 50-minute periods (noted below), two 75-minute periods or one 3-hour period. A syllabus, activities manual and PowerPoint with teaching notes comprise this learning module.

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