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Which bodies could become national Assessment Quality Partners

The need to establish an AQP arises from the development of an occupational qualification. A body that has the necessary credibility in the relevant constituency (industry/sector/profession) must be identified to manage External Integrated Summative Assessment by conducting the AQP functions listed above. Depending on their current functions and areas of expertise any of the following existing bodies may  be  appointed  as  Assessment  Quality  Partners  for  specific  occupations  or groups of occupations: Moderating Bodies Examining Bodies Professional Bodies Legislated Boards Occupational Associations Note: If there are no such bodies with a specific interest in the relevant occupation, a SETA o[...]

Assessing Needs

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The first step in building a training course is identifying the needs of target participants. There is a variety of methods for conducting a needs assessment. An in-depth Key Informant Survey can also be used to provide further details and insights into needs and overall course design approach and material focus.

A Need: A “need” refers to the gap between what is and what could or should be within a particular context, leading to strategies aimed at eliminating the gap between what is and should or could be.

Needs Assessment: Program-based needs assessment is:
a. A systematic inquiry for the purposes of identifying priorities and making decisions, and
b. Allocating finite resources in a manner consistent with identified program goals and objectives. Needs assessment includes:
• Identifying and analysing expressed and unexpressed needs.
• A plan to develop strategies that address such needs.

The following key questions need to be posed in any needs assessment:
• What do the participants need to know and do as a result of this training?
• What do we need to know about the course participants and the population they serve?

Key tasks in any needs assessment will include, but not limited to,the following:

Determine the target population
• Identify what type of professionals the course is designed for.

Determine the participants’ needs
• Draw from your past experience with similar groups
• Gather information from informal discussions among professionals in the network
• Conduct surveys
• Conduct focus groups
• Work with an advisory panel
• Observe participants
• Interview participants
• Learn about critical incidents
• Determine what emerging data should be distributed

Understand the participants’ characteristics
• Experience
• Cultural background
• Education
• Location
• Mind set/Motivation
• Constraints (location, job demands, etc.)