Thanks for the interesting resource.
Call me radical or a purist need scholar (I blame it on Roger Kaufman😊) but in
my books needs are negative outcomes i.e gaps in results such as malnutrition,
dysfunction, inability to perform etc. In order to avoid confusion I always use
needs described as negative states or formulations.
The link defines needs as necessary conditions to the outcome. These are
desired conditions which may or may not lead to the desired outcomes.
That is not (in my definition) a need.
Thanks for sharing ideas! Always feel inspired by your posts!
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From: Ryan Watkins
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 14:40
Subject: [needs assessment listserv] Necessary Conditions Analysis
Needs Assessment Colleagues,
Though they are not developing this method directly for needs assessment
purposes, it seems to hold promise for helping measure needs:
This article does a pretty good job of introducing the concept:
I am hoping to cover the application of the method in one of my upcoming
podcasts. My podcast is Parsing Science.
As always, please share your favorite needs assessment related resources with
the listserv! And if you want anything posted to NeedsAssessment.org (such as
new articles) please email me the citation and URL.
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