A needs assessment is a type of research study that organizations conduct prior to designing a program, project, or other intervention. A needs assessment is done to obtain concrete evidence about the who, what, why, where, and when of a particular problem.

The needs assessment will provide you with knowledge:

  • That a problem or need does exist in a community
  • Potential causes of the problem (i.e., points of intervention)
  • This information will allow you to:

    • Prove to funders that this need exists and your intervention should be funded
    • Design an intervention that is highly likely to actually solve problems and attain your goals

    Check out our one-minute video about needs assessments here:


    Whether you want to do a full scale community health needs assessment or just focus on your target audience, HARC works with clients to design needs assessments that will fit any budget and scope. All of HARC’s needs assessments are overseen by Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely, who has more than a decade of research experience, and are carried out by experienced researchers with extensive training and expertise in the fields of research and evaluation.

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    “We have been so pleased with the high level of professionalism and excellent service. The work you have completed will be very helpful to fulfilling our mission locally. I’m grateful to the entire HARC team and look forward to potential future opportunities for collaboration.”

    — Christopher Yadron, PhD, Vice President, West Region and Administrator of the Betty Ford Center

    “On behalf of the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, I want to tell you how pleased we are with the work you performed on developing and analyzing our Community Health Needs Assessment.  The final report you provided met our needs completely.”

    — Michael Landes, President, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation

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