The Needs Analysis Playbook: How To Make L&D A Trusted Partner In Your Organization

by SweetRush Inc.

Do you want your learning experiences to engage learners, shift performance, and impact business results? Find out how a needs analysis can help elevate your solutions, obtain stakeholder buy-in to your vision, and add value to the business.

Key Chapters

  1. Stakeholder Analysis

    Stakeholders aren’t learning professionals, so they tend to approach L&D with what they want—aka solutions—instead of what they need. But if you don’t know what the underlying problem is, how can you be sure that training will solve it? In this chapter, we share six powerful stakeholder questions to help you uncover the business need, establish what success looks like, and determine whether training is the right—and only—solution.

  2. The Learner Audience

    We live in an age where customer experience (not the product) is king. What does this mean for L&D? We need to shift our approach to learning solution design and focus on the entire learner experience, instead of only on outcomes. In this chapter, we’ll show you how to go straight to the source and find out what learners want and need from their experience.

  3. Constraints

    Want to be a trusted partner? Learn to be aware of and work within constraints. And raise the flag when things look like they might go awry. In this chapter, we’ll show you how to anticipate constraints that might cause risk, so you can positively influence solutions and stakeholder decisions.

  4. The Needs Analysis Report

    How do you use your needs analysis to get buy-in from stakeholders? By speaking their language. In this chapter, we’ll show you how to prepare a needs analysis report that positions your findings and recommendations as solutions to a business problem. Learn how to synthesize your findings and structure, and organize a report that will win over your stakeholders.

“It’s about stepping out of the order-taker role and into a consultant’s shoes. It’s about engaging stakeholders and learners—and getting aligned on what they need and expect. And it’s about asking: ‘So what? What does this tell me about the solution that’s needed? And what can I do to make sure that I am adding value?’”

Every organization must identify their pain points and face them head-on with viable training solutions. This ultimate guide walks you through every step of the needs analysis process, from gathering learner feedback to prepping the final report.

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Christopher Pappas
Founder of eLearning Industry, Inc.