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Needs Assessment Basics by Deborah Tobey

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A Short Side Trip to Descriptive Statistical Analysis

It is a rare training professional indeed who entered the field because of his or her excitement about conducting statistical analysis during the needs assessment process! Nevertheless, there are times when statistical analysis of a quantitative set of data (usually found in extant data, test scores, survey responses, and the like) is very useful. Statistical data analysis provides findings and evidence that will drive your recommendations. However, it is you who must attribute meaning to the data; it is meaningless until you do that.

Basic Rule 18

Statistical data is meaningless until meaning ...

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