Conducting Needs Assessments
A Multidisciplinary Approach
- Fernando I. Soriano - Cal State University, San Marcos
SAGE Human Services Guides
New to this edition:
- updated case examples reflect current issues
- new section dealing with HIPPA regulations
- new section covering the importance of evidence based practice
- increased sensitivity to multicultural issues
- brief, simple how-to guide
- written with the practitioner and student in mind
- best-seller in previous edition
- demystifies a process that can be intimidating to students
“The Soriano text is excellent in providing graduate students with basic knowledge on how to conceptualize the needs assessment process, design the instruments for the study, and how to analyze and present the data. The value of this book is in its simplicity. The chapters are logical, building on the one before it. The style and readability of the text is excellent.”
“The strength of the book is that it provides a quick and comprehensive overview of assessment. Upon reading the text, my students have been better prepared to learn (in more depth) the specific concepts covered in the book. It really has helped me ‘set the stage’ for my students to develop skills necessary to conduct an assessment (in-class learning), and apply their skills to a real-world situation (community-based assessment projects).”
“The book is user-friendly in that it is logically organized, provides examples and exercises, and presents a clear picture of the needs assessment process. The provision of real-life examples is particularly important and helpful to the reader, in that they make the content come to life.”
The primary focus in the Practice with Communities class is on how to conduct a needs assessment in the community. This text is a perfect fit.
The level was not appropriate for my students.
My social work practice II course is about groups and I think this particular book would be better for working with communities or organizations (Social Work Practice III that discusses communities and organizations. This textbook may also be helpful in my Research Methods I course because it deals with needs assessments. Overall, it is a good supplemental book.