Before starting a learning needs analysis

For clarity and simplicity we are using the term ‘learning and development manager’ as a general description for a wide range of roles and job titles that may be given the responsibility of carrying out a learning needs analysis within organisations.

There are three major elements in preparing for a learning needs analysis. The elements that need to be considered are:

These three elements will be described separately but in practice they will emerge through an iterative process. The limitations of the learning and development department may restrict the scope of the analysis. The needs of the stakeholders may require extra resources to meet them. The scope of the analysis may determine which stakeholders are approached and so on.