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Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion

UW-L Author: M. Donald Campbell, Ph.D.
Continuing Education and Extension
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett

Gilmore, Gary D., M. Donald Campbell, and Gary D. Gilmore. Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett, 2005.

The only text of its kind available for health and human service practitioners, the Third Edition of Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion continues to be a highly regarded practitioner’s guidebook that is used in upper division undergraduate and graduate professional preparation classes. Each one of the twelve chapters in this edition reflects practitioner involvement in needs and capacity assessments. This is truly a hands-on guidebook for those in their professional preparation phases, as well as seasoned practitioners in public health, health care, human service, and other community-based professional endeavors.

From the Foreword by Lawrence Green:

“[The authors'] combination of needs assessment and capacity assessment strategies provides practitioners with the right balance for formative evaluation and planning with community leaders who are cynical about another round of needs assessment that fails to acknowledge the strengths and assets of the community. Capacity assessment offers an antidote to the despair that comes with identifying one’s community problems….As authors of a book on program planning, Marshall Kreuter and I are indebted to Gilmore and Campbell for the pressure their book takes off of us to provide much of the detailed description and procedures of some of the needs and capacity assessment steps in planning that this book provides. Even if we thought we could do it as well, we would be ill advised to repeat much of what is now so well presented and documented in this book.”

About the Author

Dr. Campbell is Director of Continuing Education and Extension at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He manages the delivery of off-campus credit programs, conferences, workshops and other non-credit programs for health and human service professionals, education professionals, other professional audiences and community groups. Previously, he was Director of Continuing Medical Education for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Campbell has taught graduate courses in continuing education and program development. He has conducted needs assessments and program evaluations for a variety of professional audiences. His research focuses on the impact of continuing education on professional practice. He has served on the University Continuing Education Association Board of Directors and as book review editor for the Continuing Higher Education Review, published by UCEA.

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