Needs Assessment and “Understanding the Context” for Your Programming

Next Session: TBD: This hands-on workshop focuses on needs assessment as a popular method/approach for understanding the context for your programming.  It includes stakeholder engagement, identifying sources of data, introduction to basic data collection methods (such as surveys, interviews and focus groups), how to identify and prioritize the focus of your programming, and an introduction to other methods for understanding context and where you can learn more.

Participants can expect to engage in a number of fun, practical exercises that will help them think about their programs in different ways and confidently apply new skills directly to their own work. Links to resources for more in-depth information on particular subject areas of interest will also be provided.
We encourage participants to come with an existing or yet-to-be program effort in mind.

This interactive workshop starts at 9:00 AM and ends at approximately 3:00 PM, with lunch included.
(Deadline for enrollment will be two weeks before the actual date of the workshop once the next session has been scheduled.)

Instructors:   John DeMontmollin, Jenna Klink and Kerry Zaleski
Audience:  UW-Extension Cooperative Extension colleagues involved in programming.
This workshop is particularly appropriate for:
• Employees who have been with the organization 5 years or less
• Individuals or teams who are developing programs and evaluation tools
• Others who want to increase their own understanding of program development, monitoring   and evaluation in order to be better able to help others
Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this workshop.  It would be helpful to have a very basic introduction to the Program Development Framework.  For questions regarding this module contact Kerry Zaleski,

Participants must have prior approval to attend from their District Regional Director, Program Director or WNEP Coordinator.



Limit of 30 for all workshops except Special Topics – Basic Applications of Qualitative & Quantitative Data Collection & Analysis – Limit of 15


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations if required.  A block of rooms is usually available and released one month before the workshop date.  Please indicated that you are with the UW-Extension group and include the name of the workshop when contacting the hotel.  If the hotel does not have lodging and you are not able to find another hotel close by, you may contact Katy Sticha for suggestions. See Cancellation below regarding cancellation policy on lodging.


$50.00 (Registration Fee covers participant’s costs including materials and food.) Participants are encouraged to secure support (from district or other sources) to cover lodging and meal expenses while attending the program. In all cases, participants are responsible for their expenses traveling to and from the program (mileage, parking fees, meals, lodging, etc.).



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Cancellation Policy

Session Cancellation:  If you are unable to attend the session, please cancel as soon as possible. We may have a waiting list and your timely cancellation may make it possible for one of your colleagues to attend the session. All cancellations should be directed to the contact person indicated in the session you are registering for.

Lodging Cancellations:  All participants are responsible for reserving, cancelling and payment for their individual lodging needs.  If you need to cancel your participation in this workshop, you are responsible for cancelling any lodging reservations.