A Needs-based Assessment is a systematic, rational process for collecting and analysing information to describe the needs of a population. It is a systematic approach to identifying community needs and determining program capacity to address the needs of the population being served.
A needs-based assessment can help identify current conditions and desired services or outcomes. It can identify the strengths of a program and the challenges faced in meeting the service needs of those served. A needs assessment should be objective and include input from beneficiaries, program staff, and other key community stakeholders.
Below are some resources to help get you started in carrying out a Needs-based Assessment for your project or programme.