A needs assessment can be defined as the process of measuring the extent and nature of needs of a particular target population, enabling services to respond to them. As such, needs assessment are a valuable tool for informing the planning process.
Needs Assessments within the Council
Having accurate data relating to resident or client group need is an integral part of good planning and successful performance management. Without a clear understanding of the outcomes sought by residents, there is little point in spending time and energy monitoring and managing activity.
The council, often working with partner agencies, conducts a number of strategic needs assessments, the highest profile is the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which examines the key health and wellbeing issues of the Island.
Individual service areas should be well informed about the needs of their particular client groups at a local level. This ‘intelligence’ is captured as part of the annual business planning process.
A good quality needs assessment process will:
- Identify the needs of a target population in a particular area – this will include a review of the existing sources of information relevant to the target population and profiles of existing services and clients/user groups.
- Help to prioritise those needs to ensure better planning of local services and more effective allocation of resources – this may include the views of the target population, professionals and service providers.
- Lead to the development of strategies and related action plans which identify how these needs will be addressed – each needs assessment must provide analysis and interpretation of the results in order to draw conclusions that can support further planning.
Needs Assessment Documents:
The following links direct you to needs assessments that have taken place within the council:
Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-2021 (PDF, 1.78MB, 63 pages)
Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-2021 Equality Impact Assessment (PDF, 259KB, 11 pages)
Performance and Assessments (iwight.com website)
Island Plan Background Documents (iwight.com website)
Local Housing Needs Assessments can be found here Local Housing Needs Surveys (iwight.com website)