Tools of the Trade

Below are links to needs assessment tools that you can use. If you have others that you would like for us to add, please Contact Us using the form to the left.

More than 20 needs assessment tools for collection information and making decisions are now available for free as part of the Guide for Assessing Needs [published by the World Bank, available online for free]

Community Assessment Toolbox [developed by Soluciones Communitarias]

Needs Assessment Readiness Checklist [developed by Doug Leigh]

Storytelling as Data Collection [developed by GlobalGiving]

Knowledge Sharing Tools [developed on the Sharing Knowledge Wiki]

Community Mapping [presentation by The Improve Group at AEA 2011]

Group Priority Sort [presentation by Cathexis Consulting]

Community Participation in Budget Choices [Fairfax County Schools]

Facilitation Tools [comprehensive list of resources for facilitating group processes]

Logic Models Course [free online course through the Univ. of Wisconsin]

Logic Models Guide [free book from the Kellogg Foundation]

Checklists Project [many checklists that can be applied during either evaluations or needs assessments]

Political Economy Analysis Frameworks [a number of books and resources developed by the World Bank on analyzing political economy]

Assessing Community Needs and Resources [a number of tools and resources on a comprehensive site]

Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit [developed by the CDC]

The Joint Education Needs Assessments Toolkit. [Global Education Cluster]