how qualitative methods can be used for describing needs.

  1. Discuss the advantages of using qualitative methods for describing needs instead of using quantitative methods
  2. Is it important to use them in combination when conducting needs assessments? Why or why not?
  3. Find a current program that you think needs an assessment. Describe the program, what type of methods you would use to determine the need for that assessment, Would you use qualitative, quantitative, or both? Describe the target population to the best of your abilities. (i.e. what is the population at risk?, what is the population in need?, and describe the nature of service needs (read about this on page 124 of your text)).