Blewitt, C., Morris, H., Jackson, K., Barrett, H., Bergmeier, H., O'Connor, A., Mousa, A., Nolan, A., & Skouteris, H. (2020). Integrating health and educational perspectives to promote preschoolers' social and emotional learning: Development of a multi-faceted program using an intervention mapping approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2), 1-25. https://doi-org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.3390/ijerph17020575 This article provides an example of a gap in providing early childhood education and care. This will provide you with insight into what you need to look for when conducting a needs assessment for your proposed program.
Campion, J., Coombes, C., & Bhaduri, N. (2017). Mental health coverage in needs assessments and associated opportunities. Journal of Public Health, 39(4), 813–820. https://doi-org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.1093/pubmed/fdw125 This article shares an example of a needs assessment. The research discusses cost-effective public mental health interventions and relevant public health impacts.
Calley, N. G. (2010). Program development in the 21st century: An evidence-based approach to design, implementation, and evaluation. SAGE Publications. Read Chapter 2: Establish the Need for Programming. This chapter explores the significance of identifying a need and rationale behind developing the program. This chapter provides knowledge on identifying and explaining the methods and tools used in identifying a need for programming, including community demography assessment, asset maps, and market analysis. This will also help you understand how to effectively analyze the sum of data collected to guide decision-making related to program development.
Evans, S., Greenhalgh, J., & Connelly, J. (2000). Selecting a mental health needs assessment scale: Guidance on the critical appraisal of standardized measures. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 6(4), 379–393. https://doi-org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.1046/j.1365-2753.2000.00269.x This article shares information about different types of needs assessment scales. It shares the purpose of needs assessment, instruments, and comparison between different instruments.
Grant, J. (2002). Learning needs assessment: Assessing the need (Learning in Practice). British Medical Journal, 324(7330), 156-160. This article describes importance of learning needs assessment as a crucial stage in the educational process that leads to changes in practice, and learning needs assessment can be undertaken for many reasons, so its purpose defines and determines the method used and the use made of findings. It also shares that needs assessment could render as an educational instrument.
Torres Stone, R. A., Cardemil, E. V., Keefe, K., Bik, P., Dyer, Z., & Clark, K. E. (2020). A community mental health needs assessment of a racially and ethnically diverse population in New England: Narratives from community stakeholders. Community Mental Health Journal, 56(5), 947–958. https://doi-org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.1007/s10597-020-00562-2 This article discusses the need for community mental health programs for racially and ethnically diverse populations. It provides information about how community stakeholders can get engage in providing an understanding of community mental health needs and planning and provision of mental health services.
Lauver, L. S. (2010). The lived experience of foster parents of children with special needs living in rural areas. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25(4), 289–298. This article shares the experiences of foster families living in rural communities using phenomenological inquiry. This article gives an overview of how an unstructured interview approach can be used to collect data.