Learning Needs Assessment

The first step in crafting a development and retention strategy is understanding the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for organizational effectiveness. Equally important is recognizing the organizational climate and perception about professional development and career opportunity.

Individual interviews or small focus groups can determine the learning goals of specific employee populations, and the competencies to perform in critical job roles. This information can stimulate department learning initiatives, and can be incorporated into individual development plans.

A needs assessment can also help a department build upon existing strengths. Identifying current expertise and practices helps a team or department find opportunities for knowledge transfer through on-the-job training, peer coaching, and informal mentoring.

The learning assessment can be the foundation for proposing various development strategies that serve the organization and provide growth opportunities for employees.

For assistance with a learning needs assessment, contact oed-request@mit.edu