Needs assessments: an array of possibilities.

  title={Needs assessments: an array of possibilities.},
  author={Lynore D Desilets},
  journal={Journal of continuing education in nursing},
  volume={38 3},
  pages={107-12; quiz 113-4}
The first step in planning any professional development activity is to assess the learning needs of the target group or individual to determine the structure of the program in terms of objectives, content, and activities. Learning needs can be individual, organizational, or societal and must be clearly defined during the planning process. This article provides an overview of the different types of needs assessments and discusses the importance of triangulation when interpreting data.