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Four Parts to Training Needs Assessment

Conducting a training needs assessment helps you identify the following four areas.

Training needs assessment provides information needed by training coordinators and partners to develop and implement training plans for their workforce.

Public health workers analyze dataKnowing where to make investments in training allows you to make the best use of resources and allows you to build upon what you already have through realistic training plans. Having the information to make informed decisions assures the continuous growth of your organization’s capabilities.

Conducting a training needs assessment identifies:

1. Best mechanisms for training

The assessment should answer questions like: How does the workforce currently access training? What training modalities are preferred by staff? What strategies or incentives will maximize participation in training?

2. High-priority training areas and related needs

You’ll need to identify the high-priority training area as well as that topic’s target audiences and the level of content/competence you want to target.

3. Gaps in trained workforce resources and the training needed to address them

This will help you see the tools needed to train workforce members with no prior public health training or experience in a given area.

4. Level of interest and potential volume of participants

Understand how many people would be interested in a certain training, and how many would make it a priority to attend.