Needs Assessment, 2nd ed. - Print
A Systematic Approach to Data Collection
Dimensions: 10 × 7 × 1 in
Binding Type: Paperback
The idea of collecting citizen input before making decisions that would affect the lives of the citizens is fundamental to a democratic society where the people in power are supposed to serve the citizens.
Collecting this information becomes crucial when it is the citizen’s money that would be spent by those in power.
Needs Assessment: A Systematic Approach to Data Collection provides a road map for collecting citizen input whereby the input is reliably collected and honestly used, especially in the age of the connected citizen who has numerous digital ways of making oneself heard.
As is the case in any scientific method, this book offers a treatment that can be conducted by anyone who is able to follow the directions in the book correctly.
This makes the process repeatable and testable, both of which are critical to the scientific method.
For the recreation practitioner, this book shows the best practices of collecting citizen data and, most important, allows the recreation professional to recognize the unscientific attempts at citizen data collection and be wary of information generated by less reliable methods.
Chapter 1: Citizen Input as the Voice of the People
Chapter 2: Key Objectives in Citizen Data Collection
Chapter 3: Methods of Collecting Input
Chapter 4: Talking to the Community
Chapter 5: Asking Questions
Chapter 6: Collecting Data
Chapter 7: Where the Data Come From
Chapter 8: Analysis of Quantitative Data
Chapter 9: Analysis of Narrative Data
Chapter 10: Data Utilization
Chapter 11: Managing a Study
Chapter 12: Outsourcing
Chapter 13: Special Applications
Appendix A: Questionnaire – Adult
Appendix B: Questionnaire – Youth
Appendix C: Cover Letter
Appendix D: Maps
Appendix E: Outgoing Envelope
Appendix F: Reminder Postcard
Appendix G: Web-Based Questionnaire
Appendix H: Invitation E-Mail
Appendix I: Executive Summary
Appendix J: Action Plan
Appendix K: Presentation Slides
Appendix L: CompuRec