Needs Assessment

A needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or “gaps”, between current conditions and desired conditions or “wants”. Needs assessment is part of the planning process. It can be used to clarify problems and help identify appropriate solutions. Needs assessments require sufficient data to provide useful feedback.

As applied to the school District, a needs assessment functions to provide District leadership with a quantifiable measure of the condition of school facilities, systems, or equipment, in comparison to known or required benchmarks or standards of performance. That knowledge can then be used to help craft and inform a Capital Improvement Program (C.I.P.), or Capital Improvement Plan.