When doing a needs assessment, it is important to know what the organization’s needs are. A needs assessment can be done in many ways, including interviews with stakeholders, focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires. If you are looking to start a new business or if you are looking to make changes in your existing business, a needs assessment is a very important first step.
There are two main components to needs assessment: a needs assessment is the what (what the organization needs) that precedes the gap analysis, which is the how (how to close the gap between where the organization is currently and where they want or need to be). The first step in needs assessment is to determine the gap. The gap is the difference between where an organization is currently and where they want or need to be.