A needs assessment is a way for health workers in the clinic and community to identify various health issues. A needs assessment will help to strengthen the foundation of your diabetes program. An assessment is a bit like reviewing maps and guidebooks before deciding where to go and what to do on vacation.
What is a needs assessment and how does it affect your program’s activities?
- A way of identifying health issues, prioritizing and solving them, and can strengthen your program.
- A process that helps to make sure your program is addressing the current needs.
- Ways to identify and select activities that will help meet your program’s goals and objectives.
What is included in a needs assessment?
- An examination of your latest diabetes audit; this is a good place to identify strengths and weakness.
- A method to collect the opinions of key community members.
- focus groups
- targeted interviews
What are some examples of possible data sources to examine?
- Information from prior needs assessments
- Meeting notes i.e., Tribal Leaders meetings
- The Diabetes Outcomes and Audit Data
- School records
- Dental records