Need Assessment

Before establishing goals and objectives, you must determine why or whether you need a training on diversity.This can be done by examining the material and your knowledge of a group or by distributing a brief questionnaire if there is time.This process is called the needs assessment. Here are some questions to help you.

  • What are you must proud of in your community?
  • What are you least proud of in your community?
  • What's one thing you wish outsiders knew about your community?
  • Who are your community's local heroes?
  • Who are the informal leaders, the local people whose opinion carries weight?
  • Where do the older people tend to gather? The younger ones? Families?
  • What cultural or historical landmarks exist in your community?
  • Which racial and ethnic groups are in your community? How long have they lived there?
  • Which cultural centers, religious institutions, or organizations are most important to the community?
  • What institutions have earned the most trust in your community?
  • Which issues are not covered enough in the community?

Next, you must establish the goals and objectives:

  1. What do you want to achieve at the end of this training?
  2. List three ways that you think that this end is best achieved?

Evaluation is a very important tool in everything that we do. It should be incorporated into the planning of the training at the beginning.

  1. How do you usually evaluate a session?
  2. Has this been an effective tool?
  3. How can this evaluation be taken a step further?