Needs Assessment - What it Contains?


Needs assessment are conducted before designing a project or an intervention. At the start of any needs assessment, a concept note is developed that specify the following:

  • Purpose of the needs assessment
  • Key questions
  • Methodology
  • Data collection tools
  • Data collection and management
  • Outlines of the needs assessment report
  • Timeline

Once the concept note is finalized or approved, data collection tools are developed and those are pre-tested. Enumerators are trained on data collection tools and methodology. A database is developed to enter the data, and then it is analyzed using different statistical software like Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Report for the needs assessment is produced based on the findings. Outlines of a needs assessment report include the following:

  • Title page / preliminary pages
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Purpose of the needs assessment
  • Methodology
  • Key findings
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendation/future plan
  • Annexes