Step 1: Assess Needs

Mobile Phone Programs for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

A Knowledge for Health Project landscape analysis assessed how programs use mobile health (mHealth) interventions to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in low- and middle-income countries. The majority (82%) of programs use mHealth as a health promotion tool to facilitate knowledge sharing and behavior change to improve adolescent SRH. Nearly 20% of programs use mHealth to link adolescents to SRH and family planning services and to HIV care and treatment. Several mHealth programs started in one country, but evolved to become multi-country programs.

Integrated HIV Programming: Effectiveness and Lessons Learned from a Literature Synthesis

To better understand how integrated programing within HIV can impact health outcomes, the Knowledge for Health Project conducted literature scans to produce a synthesis of the literature. The synthesis revealed that the integration of HIV prevention, care, and treatment into existing health services has tremendous potential to strengthen systems, improve efficiencies, ensure sustainability, and broaden the impact of health investments.

Step 1: Assess Needs Zip file

This 1.5MB Zip file contains all of the materials (slides, handouts, and supplements or links to supplements) related to the "Step 1: Assess Needs" training module.

Sample Needs Assessment Report: Ouagadougou Partnership

This is a sample needs assessment conducted for the Ouagadougou Partnership, a coalition of government officials, religious leaders, civil society members, and youth representatives from nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—working in collaboration with donors to improve family planning outcomes in the region.

KM Index for Global Health

The Knowledge Management Index (KM Index) is an assessment tool, developed by The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, to examine an organization or project’s use of KM practices, identify opportunities for improvement and, map out an action plan to strengthen the KM capacity. The KM Index measures the capacity in four fundamental KM practice areas: 1) organizational structure (KM vision and strategy), 2) learning opportunities (professional development), 3) internal KM culture (seeking out and sharing knowledge), and 4) KM for global health (effort to advance global health agenda).

Conducting Health Information Needs Assessments

The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project developed this guide in order to walk others through the process of assessing information needs among individuals working at different levels of the health system; to share lessons learned and tips for various methodologies; and to provide tools that can be used or adapted in future assessments.

Sample Needs Assessment Concept Note

A sample concept note that includes the following sections: Objectives, Background and Rationale, Methodology, Process to Follow, Recruitment, Data Analysis, Use of the Results, Timeline, and Ethics Approval.

Needs Assessment Methodologies

The goals of this training presentation are:

  • Review different needs assessment methodologies
  • Discuss data analysis approaches and synthesis of findings
  • Outline the process for dissemination of findings

Exercise: Needs Assessment Questions and Methods

This activity allows participants to analyze the current knowledge sharing and management situation that their key audience is facing, discuss what they already know about the situation versus what they do not know, and specify appropriate methods to collect new information required to design effective knowledge management activities to improve the situation.

Introduction to Assessing Needs

The goal of Step 1 in the Knowledge Management (KM) Road Map is to understand the extent of the health program challenge and identify how KM can help solve it. This presentation in the Step 1 training module provides an overview of the key tasks involved in completing Step 1 of the Road Map. It starts with explaining what a needs assessment is, particularly as it relates to knowledge management, and why needs assessments are important to designing KM interventions.