This module focuses on completing a needs assessment for a Human Services organization. In this activity, you will read two articles (attached below) that detail two different organizations and the needs assessments they completed to help develop programs for their communities. Then, you will answer questions pertaining to the articles.
Read up to (and including) the Conclusion section in the following articles:
then, answer the following questions:
- Compare and contrast the methods used to complete the needs assessments. What are your thoughts on how each group determined what the needs of their communities were? How might they have done things differently?
- What are the results the professionals found from doing their assessments? What types of programs might meet these needs?
- Discuss the importance of collaboration among Human Services organizations and how it ultimately benefits the clients.
- How will you utilize these examples as a Human Services professional?
Include your answer to each numbered question in a Word document. The focus for this assignment is on the quality of your answers, not how they are formatted
Placido, N., & Cecil, D. (2014). Implementing best practices for needs assessment and strategic planning systems: Social work and faith based organization collaboration–A case study. Social Work & Christianity. 41(1), 79-94.
Kristiansson, A. L., Elliott, E., Bulger, S., Jones, E., Taliaferro, A.R., & Neal, W. (2015). Needs assessment of school and community physical activity opportunities in rural West Virginia: the McDowell CHOICES planning effort. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1702-9