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1 Assessing Training Needs
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Assessing Training Needs Based on materials developed by The Centre for Development and Population Activities (www.cedpa.org) Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

2 Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Learning objectives By the end of this unit participants will be able to: explain how needs assessment helps in development of a training event list the steps for conducting a needs assessment identify the training needs of a specific group Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

3 Question? Have you ever been in a situation where
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Question? Have you ever been in a situation where the facilitator spent a lot of time covering material that you already knew? the material was far more in-depth or complicated than you needed? How did this make you feel? How did this affect the group’s morale? Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

4 Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 So, it is important to carry out a training needs assessment before undertaking training Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

5 Is training the right solution?
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Is training the right solution? Training can help to: Increase knowledge Improve skills Support individuals to motivate and develop attitudes Training can’t: Overcome lack of appropriate equipment or facilities Improve problems caused by poor policies or procedures Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

6 Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 “Solutions to problems are like keys in locks; they don’t work if they don’t fit, and if the solutions aren’t the right ones, the problem doesn’t get solved” (Mager and Pipe 1970) Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

7 How could you assess needs?
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 How could you assess needs? Questionnaires/surveys Observation Interviews Consult key stakeholders Look at records and reports Read job description Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

8 Case study Split into groups of 5 - 6 people
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Case study Split into groups of people Read the case study + task description Task 1: 15 minutes Task 2: 15 minutes Report back: 10 minutes Whole group to identify and agree priority training areas for the case study trainees Whole group to identify the steps taken to determine training needs in this exercise Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

9 Reflection on case study
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Reflection on case study Was it easy or difficult to determine training needs? What might have made it easier to identify needs? What needs, if any, cannot be met by training? Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

10 Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Conclusions How do you think this exercise might be useful to you when you design a training session? Do you feel confident about conducting a needs assessment for workshops in the future? What part do you think will be most difficult? What part do you think will be the most useful? Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

11 Further reading Brief overview of training process
Online health information access and use: Intensive national-level, health sector capacity development and training Workshop 2 Further reading Brief overview of training process Conducting a training needs assessment by Jeanette Swist A manual for media trainers: a learner centred approach Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


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