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A Needs Assessment Is Not a Needs Analysis

Monday, October 2, 2023

They are two different steps to take before determining a learning solution.

The terms "needs assessment" and "needs analysis" are among the most commonly used in the talent development profession. Some TD practitioners use them interchangeably; however, a needs assessment and a needs analysis are different activities. A needs assessment comes before a needs analysis: Instructional designers identify business needs and prioritize them through a needs assessment and then analy


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