Needs assessment

Needs assessment

Jessica Smart

Families and Children Expert Panel practice resource— March 2019
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This resource provides a definition of 'needs assessment' and outlines how to undertake one. This resource is for practitioners and policy makers who want to learn more about the needs assessment process or how to conduct a needs assessment. Part one provides an introduction to needs identification and assessment and gives some background and theory on why it is important to understand the needs of a particular place or population. Part two sets out some steps that can be followed in an assessment that aims to explore and prioritise community needs. Please note, this resource covers needs assessment only and does not describe how to select interventions for use with a specific population or client group.

Authors and Acknowledgements

This resource was written by Jessica Smart, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The author would like to acknowledge Lauren Kerr of Moonee Valley Council, Deb Chapman, formerly of Brimbank City Council, and Rebecca Armstrong from the Australian Institute of Family Studies for their thoughtful reviews and contributions to this resource.

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Families and Children Expert Panel practice resource
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, March 2019.

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