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Conducting Needs Assessments

Conducting Needs Assessments
A Multidisciplinary Approach

Second Edition

August 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book demystifies the process of planning a community intervention.  This book takes needs assessment down to a very basic level and speaks in very basic terminology that students understand.

New to this edition:
  • Updated case examples reflect current issues
  • New section dealing with HIPPA regulations
  • New section covering the importance of evidence based practice
  • Increased sensitivity to multicultural issues
Key Features
  • Brief, simple how-to guide
  • Written with the practitioner and student in mind
  • Best-seller in previous edition
  • Demystifies a process that can be intimidating to students

1. Conceptual, Theoretical and Practical Considerations When Undertaking Needs Assessments
2. Sociopolitical and Economic Considerations
3. Social, Gender and Cultural Considerations
4. Quantitative Assessment Methods
5. Quantitative Data Preparation and Statistical Analysis
6. Qualitative Methods
7. Qualitative Data Preparation and Statistical Analysis
8. Recruiting and Collecting Data from Participants
9. Reporting and Presenting Study Findings

“The Soriano text is excellent in providing graduate students with basic knowledge on how to conceptualize the needs assessment process, design the instruments for the study, and how to analyze and present the data. The value of this book is in its simplicity. The chapters are logical, building on the one before it. The style and readability of the text is excellent.”

Frederick L. Ahearn
The Catholic University of America

“The strength of the book is that it provides a quick and comprehensive overview of assessment. Upon reading the text, my students have been better prepared to learn (in more depth) the specific concepts covered in the book. It really has helped me ‘set the stage’ for my students to develop skills necessary to conduct an assessment (in-class learning), and apply their skills to a real-world situation (community-based assessment projects).”

Ellen Lopez
University of Florida, Gainesville

“The book is user-friendly in that it is logically organized, provides examples and exercises, and presents a clear picture of the needs assessment process. The provision of real-life examples is particularly important and helpful to the reader, in that they make the content come to life.”

Michael Woodford
University of Michigan

The primary focus in the Practice with Communities class is on how to conduct a needs assessment in the community. This text is a perfect fit.

Dr Jay Memmott
Social Work, University of South Dakota Health Science Center
June 24, 2015

The level was not appropriate for my students.

Dr Linda Pursley
School Of Education, Lesley University
September 17, 2014

My social work practice II course is about groups and I think this particular book would be better for working with communities or organizations (Social Work Practice III that discusses communities and organizations. This textbook may also be helpful in my Research Methods I course because it deals with needs assessments. Overall, it is a good supplemental book.

Ms Annalease Gibson
Psych Socio Social Work Dept, Albany State University
August 30, 2012
Key features


· Updated vignettes and examples of needs assessments to face more contemporary issues

· Updated case examples reflect current issues

· New section dealing with HIPPA regulations

· New section covering the importance of evidence based practice

· Increased coverage of and sensitivity to multicultural populations, and updated references and recommended readings on the topic.


· Concise so that students and practitioners can readily apply the knowledge to their intervention

· Practical and written specifically with the student and practitioner in mind

· Helps to demystify a process that can be intimidating to students by using basic terminology that students easily understand

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