Needs Assessment: Do Something—Anything!


Dawn J Mahoney, Team Care and Talent Development Specialist
Learning in the White Space LLC

Dawn is a thinker of many thoughts, who is never afraid to ask, Why? Why not? Who said so? Learning and development isn’t just what she does, it is who she is!

Session Description:

As instructional designers and developers, we live in a “rapid” world. We are constantly challenged to do more with less and deliver as quickly as possible. This pace has morphed standard practices and caused in some cases results in leaving steps out of the design and development process. Often, doing needs assessment and the analysis are the first to go, “because we just don’t have the resources”. Attending this session will transform this thinking from it being a waste of resources to a vital aspect of developing better learning strategy.

Let’s not just take orders. Let’s provide useful and meaningful training that can be immediately applied.

In this session you will learn:

  • What needs assessment is, is not, and what it is intended to do
  • The difference between analysis and assessment
  • How to craft better questions
  • Explore ways of uncovering and gathering the needs

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced