The University of Arizona
Program Planning and Evaluation  
Arizona Cooperative Extension

Pieces of the Puzzle

Needs Assessment


  • Needs Assessment is the process of determining what issues are important to clientele in the communities served by Cooperative Extension.
  • There are many methods of learning about clientele needs, including use of existing data, conducting surveys, community forums of focus groups, and working with advisory committees or key informants.
  • Needs Assessment is often paired with Priority Setting, a process for determining which issues are most important, and Strategic Planning to map out how issues can best be addressed.


Tools and Examples