Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2004

Abstract

Of the more than 40 needs assessments retrieved for this review, 28 were matched to criteria for quality, innovation, and applicability to Pinellas County’s areas of interest. Th e scope of this review focuses on the goals, methods, and fi ndings of these needs assessments. Most of the large assessments (in terms of not only volume but scope of inquiry, geographic dispersion, and comprehensiveness) contained implicit language concerning the “promotion of awareness,” while the small-scale assessments explicitly described a more active and ongoing involvement of the fi ndings. While most of the reports presented data summaries within their categories of interest, conclusions and recommendations based on the data are not prevalent. Most either stated or let their readers infer that their assessment was a snapshot view to be used for any purpose. In the absence of summative or instructive direction, indications of next steps or future directions are even less frequent.

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