Needs Assessment

Needs assessment is a tool used to determine whether programs and services are needed, where they are needed, and what the optimal mix of programs and services should be to fill the gaps identified by the needs assessment. Need in this context can be conceived of the difference between “what is” and what “should be.” At Datacorp we use a variety of needs assessment tools and methods to answer these questions. This can include conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups, capacity analyses, and a variety of methods for conducting secondary analysis of extant data (e.g., social indicator analysis, synthetic estimation).

In many cases, a comprehensive methodology utilizing two or more methods can provide a more thorough assessment of need and capture critical information about populations that a single methodology would miss. Datacorp can assist clients in selecting appropriate methodologies based on client need, budget, and timeline.