The course will benefit persons who are new to project management as well as persons with some previous experience, in particular:
Project team members
Staff supervising needs assessments
Needs assessments are a vital element of the project cycle: they provide the information on which decisions will be made.
This course enables participants to improve the quality of their needs assessment and therefore the relevance of potential interventions which may follow. The course focuses on the various tasks to be done throughout the whole assessment process as well as techniques and tools used to improve the collection of information during interviews with stakeholders.
At the end of the course, participants are able to:
Understand and analyse the needs assessment concepts and process
Plan and organise a needs assessment
Conduct a needs assessment using a variety of appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools
Analyze collected data and prioritize the needs using decision making tools.
Module 1: Community Needs Assessment: a pillar for impactful projects
Introduction to community needs assessment
Importance of community needs assessment in results based projects
From planning to report writing
Module 2: Planning and preparing community needs assessment
Knowing your way: What are the objectives of your community needs assessment and who are your target audiences for data collection?
How to get there: Choosing the right type of assessment and techniques, creating partnerships and developing your action plan
Investing in the people: selecting and training the team
Module 3: Implementing your community needs assessment§
Collecting the data: Qualitative and or quantitative methods, techniques and tools
Ensuring reliability and quality of data
Processing and analyzing data
Module 4: The way forward
Prioritizing needs: Knowhow and tools
Reporting and recommendations
Personalised Post-Course Coaching
At the end of the course, each participant can avail of a credit of 45min for personalised coaching to support the implementation of action plans and for any questions related to it. The coaching is provided by the trainer of this course. It is valid for a period of two months after the course.
Live Online Course
Needs Assessment (24 hours over 5 weeks)
Strategies, techniques and tools to prepare and conduct a needs assessment
7 October - 13 November 2020
to help strengthening civil society
This course is the equivalent of a four-day in-person course. It takes approximately 32 hours, thereof 16 hours of live online classes, using participatory techniques such as brainstorming, group work, case studies, video discussions, exercises, etc., and 16 hours of reading, tools development, peer reviews, data collection and data analysis, and individual assignment. The trainer maintains the same level of interaction as in an in-person course.
Course dates (all times are GMT+1): Wednesdays and Fridays 2 - 4 PM
Wed 7 Oct, Fri 9 Oct, Fri 16 Oct, Wed 21 Oct, Fri 23 Oct, Fri 30 Oct, Fri 6 Nov, Fri 13 Nov
The fee includes the personalised post-course coaching. There are two types of certificates available for this course (fees in Swiss Francs, CHF):
Certificate of Attendance: After completing the course programme
Early bird fee, until 7 August: CHF 900; afterwards CHF 990.
Certificate of Achievement: After passing successfully the exam at the end of the course programme
Early bird fee, until 7 August: CHF 950; afterwards CHF 1,050.
Max. 16 participants
40% off - limited places available