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Needs Assessment Decision Aid

The Needs Assessment Decision Aid is a tool designed to help you select the best method (or methods) for collecting information during the needs assessment portion of your analysis effort. There are three primary information collection methods described in this tool: focus groups, interviews and questionnaires. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The tool includes a list of questions that when you answer them should assist you in selecting the preferred method of collecting the needs assessment data you desire. Of course, if personnel, temporal and financial resources permit, it is sound policy to use two or three methods to collect needs data so as to "triangulate" your findings.