Analyzing the Needs Assessment Data

David Royse, Michele Staton‐Tindall, Karen Badger and J. Matthew Webster

in Needs Assessment

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195368789
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863860 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

 Analyzing the Needs Assessment Data

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This chapter discusses ways of analyzing and interpreting data collected for a needs assessment project based on the type of design that is selected. Analysis of qualitative data is also discussed for those who have used focus groups or questionnaires that have employed open-ended questions. Quantitative data analytic strategies include data editing and checking, frequencies and univariate analyses, and examination of variables two at a time. Qualitative data analyses include understanding and interpreting themes and patterns in the data and drawing conclusions. The chapter also highlights some published needs assessment articles which have used quantitative and qualitative analytic approaches.

Keywords: data analysis; quantitative analysis; qualitative analysis; frequencies; qualitative data; focus groups; questionnaires; univariate analyses

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