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Needs Assessment

October 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The process of planning or developing new programs is complex for many nonprofit organizations, as they need to negotiate with limited resources, challenging field realities, and expectations from stakeholders. Needs and Resource Assessment is a useful approach that can help organizations make better decisions about their interventions and justify their programs based on hard evidence. It involves determining target groups, level of needs, and resources available to address the gaps. The process and the findings of such assessments can help organizations sharpen the focus of their programs, allocate resources efficiently and, in the longer run, create impact among constituencies they serve. Participants of this seminar will learn how needs and resources should be defined and determined. They will learn how to conduct a needs and resource assessment using a three-phase approach and will get introduced to specific methods, tools and techniques that can be used.

Seminar Objectives

This seminar aims to help participants working with nonprofit organizations gain understanding about needs and resource assessment, particularly if they are in the process of planning new programs or reworking existing programs. After attending the seminar, participants would have:

  1. Developed an understanding about the purpose of needs and resource assessment, when and why it should be done.
  2. Become familiar with three phases of needs and resource assessment and the various methods, tools, and techniques that can be applied.
  3. Learned how to plan and conduct a needs and resources assessment within their organization.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: No advance preparation required
Instructional Method: Adult In-person classroom

Social Worker CEU Credits: 3 hours

Cost: $65 Member; $115 Non-member

Please note: Registration closes two days prior to the class date



About the Instructor: Dr. Archana Mehendale 

Dr. Archana Mehendale has 25 years of professional experience working in the social development sector in India. She worked as a Consultant, Outcomes and Evaluation with CNM between May 2018 and January 2019. She has earlier worked with research centers, universities and nonprofits in the area of early childhood education, school education, disabilities, and child rights. She has expertise in the area of qualitative and quantitative evaluation research, tool development, data management, report writing, evidence-based practice and policymaking. She has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited books. Archana is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She continues to serve as an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and Program Lecturer, University of Geneva and is engaged in various international collaborative projects. Archana holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Mumbai, Master of Arts (Social Work) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Ph.D. (Social Sciences) from the National Law School of India University.


October 24, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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