Extension educators regularly conduct needs assessment surveys to identify their clients' education preferences. This study compared data from a continuing education needs assessment survey of NYS forest resource managers with attendance records from workshops to learn if survey respondents attended programs that they indicated a preference for. Our findings suggest that, although educators can rely on these surveys to assess program feasibility, only a small percentage of survey respondents who indicate an interest in a topic will actually attend a program on that topic. Our results illustrate why educators should consider using additional tools to assess their clients' education needs.
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Malmsheimer, R. W., & Germain, R. H. (2002). Needs Assessment Surveys: Do They Predict Attendance at Continuing Education Workshops?. The Journal of Extension, 40(4), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss4/7