This volume four of The Needs Assessment Kit provides a good overview of how to: analyze two distinct types of data; pull them together in a meaningful way; and to derive priorities from the collation of the information that has been generated by the needs assessment. What should result is a stronger foundation for needs-related decisions and one that will stand the scrutiny of involved and questioning audiences. aThis text offers guidance not absolute solutions to help needs assessment committees (NACs) and their facilitators work through the complexities of analysis and subsequent prioritization.
James W. Altschuld, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught program evaluation, needs assessment, and research methods. He has published and presented extensively in the field of evaluation particularly with regard to how needs are assessed. Jeffry L. White is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership at theUniversity ofLouisiana, Lafayette. He teaches statistics, quantitative research methods, program evaluation and measurement and assessment. He received his Ph.D. from theOhioStateUniversity in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement. He has Masters Degrees in Educational Research and Evaluation, Public Policy and Management and Health Services Administration. He is a member of AEA and served as Chair, Co-Chair and Program Chair of the Needs Assessment Topical Interest Group (TIG). He has published a diverse group of journals.