Training Needs Assessment

PART OF: Adult and Continuing Education

Course description

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

This course investigates how to identify needs related to learning and improvement. Through discussions and assignments, participants will develop a practical approach to successfully conducting a needs assessment for the purpose of creating valid, job-related courses and curricula.

Participants will learn to:

  • locate and analyze information from different sources like performance appraisals
  • prepare surveys and write effective survey questions
  • prepare and conduct effective interviews
  • analyze the data gathered and identify key trends and themes
  • summarize findings into useful charts, graphs and reports
  • interact with and manage stakeholders and team members
  • present and explain the results of the needs assessment

During the course and working with others, participants will carry out a needs assessment under realistic conditions to resolve the problems encountered and share their experience with others. 

Learning objectives

  • Explain what needs assessment is and the steps to complete it.
  • Set up a needs assessment project and negotiate a mandate.
  • Describe the purpose and importance of effective project management for a successful needs assessment.
  • Gather, analyze and interpret data using quantitative and qualitative methods, tools, and techniques.
  • Create engagement and participation in a needs assessment project.
  • Report on the results of the needs assessment.
  • Describe common problems with needs assessment and how to address them.

Prerequisites

None

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