Needs Assessment Training

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Wells Conference Center
University of Maine Campus, Orono, Maine

Cost: Free (Lunch included)

Photo of Mary T. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Mary T. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ohio State University
Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
Extension programming begins with assessing the needs of your audience. But have you thought about the ways you collect information? Maybe you’re looking to tune up your needs assessment skills, or if it’s all new to you, maybe you want to learn ways to ask questions and use what you learn to develop great programs in a culturally-attuned way.

Dr. Mary Rodriguez from Ohio State University Extension will join us for a range of topics including: why needs assessments are important, how to involve vulnerable groups in assessment of needs, how to refine existing surveys or data collection instruments, and how needs assessments can be instrumental for social change. Dr. Rodriguez is an associate professor in Community Leadership and works in developing nations and with New American populations stateside.

Please register by Friday, June 14.

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Agenda – Wednesday, June 26, 2024

9:30–10:30 a.m.: Why are needs assessments important and when to do them

10:30–10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45–11:45 a.m.: Involving vulnerable groups special considerations for needs assessments

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30–1:45 p.m.: Refining existing Instruments

1:45–2:00 p.m.: Break

2:00–2:45 p.m.: Needs assessment for social change


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