Free Book: A Guide to Assessing Needs – by Watkins, Meiers and Visser

Ryan Watkins, who I know from ISPI – has a new book out with his colleagues, Maurya West Meiers and Yusra Visser – published by The World Bank.

From Ryan in an email to me and others – on Wednesday

The World Bank recently published my newest book, “A Guide to Assessing Needs”, and as part of their open knowledge initiative electronic copies are available for FREE.  You can read it online or download a PDF copy at, or you can always buy a paper copy.

The book focuses on using needs assessments to inform the earliest stages of project conceptualization and design, with particular focus on international development programs. In the book we tried to blend rigorous methods and realistic tools that can help you make informed and reasoned decisions. We feature, for example, tools for conducting focus groups, developing surveys, prioritizing needs, and leading group decision-making; creating what we believe to be a comprehensive, yet realistic, approach to identifying needs and selecting among alternative ways forward.

As a FREE online resource we hope that it will be a valuable guide for professionals around the world. Hopefully you will also find it useful, and share the link with your colleagues.



Ryan Watkins, Ph.D.

George Washington University

See Ryan at the ISPI 50th Anniversary Conference – this April – in Toronto.

See more about that conference here.

Get your free PDF copy of this book – here. I’ve already uploaded this to my Kindle!

Thanks Ryan,  Maurya and Yusra!

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