From Needs Assessment to Action provides tools for analyzing and collating needs assessment data in order to use it to make decisions and plan activities. James W Altschuld and Belle Ruth Witkin argue that needs assessment too often becomes an end in itself and offer the solution by showing how to use the resulting data practically. The authors: provide definitions and a review of the concepts of needs assessment; examine the manager's perspective in needs assessment; describe the processes involved in using information to create action plans; highlight the principles through case examples with analytical tes. This practical book builds on the success of the authors' Planning and Conducting Needs Assessment (Sage, 1995).
James W. Altschuld, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught program evaluation, needs assessment, and research methods. He has published and presented extensively in the field of evaluation particularly with regard to how needs are assessed. (Deceased.)