Stage 1. Assessing needs
Needs assessment is the first stage of intervention planning. It focuses on identifying the problem (in our case, related to drug use), its main consequences and its most relevant characteristics.
The needs assessment consists of studying the phenomenon in its various dimensions, before planning an intervention. This study enables greater understanding of the reality of the phenomenon on the ground and highlights the differences between "what exists" and "what should change" to improve the situation or solve the problem.
The information required to conduct a needs assessment is usually available and publically accessible. However, where this is not the case but resources are available, it is advisable to consider carrying out customised studies or research. In this stage, One Step@a Time shows you the elements required to organise and conduct a needs assessment in your area.
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