Coffee Break Training: Designing Adult Training (Part 1 of 3): Training Needs Assessment [open pdf - 0B]
"A training needs assessment is the process to determine the difference between the current situation and an intended situation, resulting in the identification of performance gaps. Assessments will aid an organization in determining solutions to resolve performance gaps and guide that organization's effort to meet its critical mission requirement through the development of a strategy to close existing gaps. While training is not the only solution that may be identified in the process, training might be appropriate when the performance issue is a 'can't do' issue, such as (1) Poor performance (resulting from a knowledge or skill deficiency); (2) Lack of basic skills (reading, writing, technology, math skills); (3) Legislation or policies requiring new knowledge or skills; (4) New technology; and (5) Higher performance standards.The assessment process is an organized method to explore the causes and reasons for the gap and methods for closing or eliminating the gap. Those methods include training development, policy changes, or organizational modification to existing procedures."
Coffee Break Training - Training Programs and Tips Series No. TR-2014-7
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