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Jan. 2020
Version 3.02 of Necessary Condition Analysis released

Nov. 2018
Ryan Watkins was interviewed about needs assessments for the Everyday Evaluation podcast

May 2017

Upcoming needs assessment workshops:

July 10th & 11th in Washington DC as part of The Evaluator's Institute (with Ryan Watkins)
September 28th and 29th ONLINE or in Washington DC as part of The Evaluator's Institute (with Ryan Watkins)

Jan. 2017
The new "micro learning" course is now available, and it is FREE. Learn about needs and needs assessments in 10 short emails (less than 500 words each) delivered to your inbox over the next two weeks.

Added a new Filing Cabinet feature (to the Articles page) which includes PDF copies of many needs and needs assessment related articles.

Nov. 2016
Training course on doing needs assessment in emergency contexts (London, Nov. 7 -11)

July 2016
Roger Kaufman and Ingrid Guerra-Lopez had their book Needs Assessment for Organizational Success  translated into Chinese.

June 2016

New Article -- Kalman, H. K. (2016), Integrating Evaluation and Needs Assessment: A Case Study of an Ergonomics Program. Perf. Improvement Qrtly, 29: 51–69.

May 2016

Presentation slides (in Chinese) from a workshop on needs and needs assessment are available in the Non-English Resources section.

Ryan Watkins will be leading a needs assessment workshop on July 11th and 12th in Washington DC as part of The Evaluator's Institute.

Feb. 2016

The international and interdisciplinary "What are Needs" project continues.

Ryan Watkins will be presenting "What are Needs?" at the 2016 ISPI Performance Improvement conference in Philadelphia. 

Sept. 2015

The "What are Needs" glossary is being developed using a Wiki.

August 2015

The international and interdisciplinary "What are Needs" project officially kicked off.

The AEA Needs Assessment TIG announced the Needs Assessment sessions for the Evaluation 2015 conference in Chicago this November.

Wed, Nov 11, 2015 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)

     Needs Assessment
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
     Needs Assessment
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
     TIG Business Meetings
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 (01:45 PM - 03:15 PM)
     Needs Assessment
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 (05:30 PM - 06:15 PM)
     Needs Assessment

June 2015

Needs Assessment: A Mini Workshop with James Altschuld
Dates: Tuesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 25th from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Webinar
You can sign up at:

Need Now: Basic Human Needs in the 21st Century
Speaker(s) Heidi Keller (Osnabrueck); John O'Neill (Manchester); Linda McKie (Durham); Sophie Bowlby (Reading); Ryan Watkins (GWU)
Date and Time 29th Jun 2015 10:00 – 17:00
Location 6th Floor Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh (recordings will be made available after)

April 2015

New article: Stefaniak, J., Mi, Misa, & Afonso, N. (2015). Triangulating Perspectives: A needs assessment to develop an outreach program for vulnerable and underserved populations. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 28(1), 49-68.

Feb. 2015

In partnership with the Needs Assessment TIG of the Amer. Eval. Assoc. (AEA) we have created a Needs Assessment Mailing List where people can post questions, share resources, and find experts. Join today and start getting engaged with the NA community.


Dec. 2014

Special Issue of New Directions in Evaluation: Needs Assessment (Eight original articles on needs assessment theory and practice).

Oct. 2014

New Book:   Wambeam, R. (2014). The Community Needs Assessment Workbook. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

Sept. 2014

The NA TIG of AEA will be hosting sessions at the annual Evaluation conference in Denver, Colorado from Oct. 15th to 18th.  You can find a list of needs assessment sessions here.

May 2014

The NA TIG of AEA sponsored the following blogs as part of AEA365

AEA365: Maurya West Meiers on Identifying and Staying in Touch with Your Needs Assessment Stakeholders and Informants
AEA365: Ryan Watkins on Planning to Measure Needs
AEA365: Sue Hamann on Tips for Novice Needs Assessors
AEA365: Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung on Needs Assessment and Decision-making
AEA365: James Altschuld on Hybrid Vigor – It’s not just Needs Assessment or Asset/Capacity Building
AEA365: Lisle Hites on Conducting a Needs Assessment on HIV/AIDS Issues in the South

March 2014

You can now search, find, view, download, and contribute needs assessment documents (such as RFPs, data collection tools, final reports, and more) to the NA Docs repository.

Feb. 2014

In 2013, A Guide to Assessing Needs (available for free through the World Bank) was the most popular of all their books which are available free online viewing as part of their global open knowledge mandate. The book had more than 56,000 online reads/downloads (19,000 more viewers than the next book on the list).  The authors, Maurya West Meiers and Ryan Watkins, will be offering a needs assessment workshop in July 2014 as part of The Evaluator's Institute.

Jan. 2014
Jim Altschuld recently released "Bridging the Gap between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment:  Concepts and Practical Applications", published by Sage.

Dec. 2013
Twenty-five new Lessons Learned videos have been added to the Lessons Learned resource site.

It is with a very heavy heart that I must put here that John Wedman, a colleague and friend, has passed away.  John is well known for his work on the Performance Pyramid, a valuable tool used in many needs assessments.  He also created the podcast series "Conversation on HPT", which are linked in the Media section of this site.  You can learn more about his work at: needsassessment.missouri, edu.

Oct. 2013
An exciting line-up of presentations at Evaluation 2013 (AEA's annual international conference) in Washington DC:

1. Needs Assessment (NA) and Asset/Capacity Building: A Workshop Linking the Concepts (all-day workshop)
2. Community Health Needs Assessment (CHINA) for Non-profit Hospitals
3. Conducting Needs Assessments for Community-based Mental Health Programs: Evaluation Planning, Data Collection, and Analysis in Complex Environments
4. Needs Assessment Tools to Guide Decision-making: Multicriteria Analysis and Pair-wise Compariso4
5. Needs Assessment TIG Business Meeting
6. Linking Asset and Needs Assessment: Identifying Assets
7. Challenges and Opportunities for Needs Assessment and Program Planning in the 21st Century
8. How Do You Get a Million Voices to Agree?! Finding the Common Ground: Conducting a Multi-state, Multi-stakeholder Community Health Assessment in the Gulf South
9. Needs Assessment Practice Across Disciplines

July 2013

The Lessons Learned Videos website had a software upgraded and is now ready for broader use.

June 2013 introduced the first annual online science fair. This should become a valuable source for research that can be used in needs assessments.

Feb. 2013
New book: Kaufman, R. & Guerra-Lopez, I. (2013). Needs Assessment for Organizational Success. Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press.

Jan. 2013

New article listed: Barker Steege, L. M., Marra, R. M. and Jones, K. (2012), Meeting needs assessment challenges: Applying the performance pyramid in the U.S. Army. Perf. Improv., 51: 32–41.

Dec. 2012

More than 25 Lessons Learned Videos were added by students at George Washington University's Educational Technology Leadership program. was launched (loosely based on the experiences of the Lessons Learned Videos project) as a place for sharing research across disciplines. An online science fair of sorts.


Oct. 2012

The Lessons Learned Videos feature has been added to promote the sharing the valuable lessons learned from "real world" practice.

A new webpage has been added with information on upcoming workshops and presentation.

Sept. 2012

Jim Altschuld and Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung will be presenting a needs assessment workshop at the University of North Dakota  on Oct. 22nd.

July 2012

A new webpage has been added with a bibliography of articles and books on the philosophy and conceptualization of human need(s). Thanks to Jolanta Kavale for contributing this valuable resource.

June 2012

A new feature has been added to the site, on the Research page we are now highlighting colleagues who are conducting research on the topic of needs assessment.

AEA365: Ryan Watkins on Staying Current

May 2012
Kavale, J. (2012). Needs and Needs Assessment in Career Guidance and Counselling: Lack of Scientific Exploration and Justification? Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning. 1(1). pp. 28-35.

AEA365: Kylie Hutchinson on a Framework for Needs Assessment

April 2012

AEA365: Roger Kaufman on Needs Assessment
AEA365: Overcoming Five Obstacles to a Successful Needs Assessment

AEA365: Including Intended Service Recipients in Needs Assessment and Program Planning

AEA365: Planning and Managing Your Needs Assessment

AEA365: Lessons Learned: Use the 3 Phase Model

AEA365: Five Must Read Articles on Needs Assessment 

March 2012

Iqbal, M.Z., Malik, S.A., and Khan, R.A. (2012), “Answering the journalistic six on the training needs assessment of pharmaceutical sales representatives: Comparative perspectives of trainers and trainees”, International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp.71-96.

January 2012

Watkins, R., West Meiers, M. and Visser, Y. (2012). A Guide to Assessing Needs: Tools for collecting information, making decisions, and achieving development results. Washington, DC: World Bank.