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Conducting a Needs Assessment

County level needs assessments provide a means for Extension to determine the issues important to the communities we serve. There are many methods of learning about community needs, including the use of existing data, conducting surveys, community forums, focus groups, and working with advisory committees. County level needs assessments are part of the larger statewide priority setting process for determining which issues and programming needs are most important and how issues can best be addressed with our current resources and capacity.

Methods of Data Collection

County Manager Interviews: Each District Extension Director (DED) will conduct interviews with the County Managers in each county in their district and request they complete a follow-up survey. The County Manager Interview Guide provides instructions and data collection instruments needed to conduct the interview and survey.

Interview Instructions

Conducting an Interview

Interview Script

Survey Request

Interview Notes

Interview Data Entry

County Commissioner Survey:  During the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2017 Annual Conference an invitation will be distributed to each County Commissioner requesting completion of an online survey prioritizing county needs for Extension programs and services. The County Commissioner Survey Guide provides instructions and data collection instruments for the Commissioner Survey.

Survey Instructions

Survey Request

Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys

Written By

Photo of Meredith Weinstein, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Meredith WeinsteinEvaluation and Accountability Coordinator (919) 515-2665 meredith_weinstein@ncsu.eduExtension Administration - NC State University
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