Conducting Needs Assessment in Program Evaluation

Conducting Needs Assessment in Program Evaluation

Needs assessment, a component of the program review process, is an initial step in program development. Like large corporations, counselors should investigate the need for a program prior to implementation. Just like the resources of a large corporation, counseling resources (e.g., clinical skills, funds, and time) need to be protected. Thus, counselors should strive to initiate programs that are clearly needed.

In this Discussion you develop a needs assessment survey. Consider what you would do if you were tasked with providing a well-being program for a staff in your specialization area (school, mental health center, etc.).

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the type of counseling setting where you currently work or where you might practice as a counselor. Then, post a five item survey that you could use to determine the needs for a well-being program for the staff. Briefly explain why you selected each item for the survey.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references from the Learning Resources.

•Course Text: Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

?Chapter 12, "Systematic Program Evaluation"

•Article: Calley, N. (2009). Comprehensive program development in mental health counseling: Design, implementation, and evaluation. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31(1), 9–21.

•Article: Hawkins, A., Blanchard, V., Baldwin, S., & Fawcett, E. (2008). Does marriage and relationship education work? A meta-analytic study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(5), 723–7 34.