Needs Assessment Research
Our staff has considerable experience in conducting needs assessment for various education agencies. Needs assessment is a systematic methodological approach used to explore current conditions, desired conditions, and gaps that may exist between what is practiced and what is desired within a specific educational setting, such as:
- District, or
Collecting and analyzing data allows the ERC to identify gaps between existing and desired practice. Identifying these gaps provides a framework that guides policy decisions related to:
- Professional development,
- Time, and
As an example, the ERC conducted a needs assessment of professional development for administrators and teachers in Qatar Independent Schools through interviews, surveys, and systematic classroom observations. The results provided a baseline for the creation of the National Center for Educator Development in Qatar.