Your nonprofit exists to serve a need, but how do you take action to address the needs of your community?

You need to be asking the right questions to get the right answers. A needs assessment will help you determine expressed or implied needs by collecting useful information.

Read on to learn about the type of needs assessment questions you need to be asking to make the changes you desire in your community.

How Do You Write a Needs Assessment?

Performing an organizational needs assessment involves examining the mission or target of your brand. You can do this by demonstrating why your organization is needed.

  1. Describe and quantify the need.
  2. Identify who already addresses the need.
  3. Determine who you serve.

Essentially, when forming needs assessment questions, your new initiative needs to align with your organization’s mission. After considering these aspects, you need to consider a few resources with which to take action.


When brainstorming for your needs assessment questions, you need to define key players and issues. You should map community resources to help you determine actionable project ideas.

After you have determined a few possible sources of need, you should select a focused idea and prioritize smaller steps to make it happen.


One of the steps you can take after brainstorming to help evaluate your needs assessment questions is through a survey. Your survey should ascertain the greatest concerns of the need your organization or nonprofit can resolve.

Your survey can be open-ended, with diverse or representative sample sizes. You can also include a ranking system to help in focusing on the most important needs.


Your organization or nonprofit could host a community forum in lieu of, or in addition to a survey, to help find the right needs assessment questions to ask. Face to face conversations with persons in need can help narrow the issues which need to be addressed.

Your forum could use votes to emphasize certain needs over others. Depending on how votes or tallies breakdown, a re-vote could occur.

Needs Assessment Questions Write Themselves

Your organization or nonprofit exists to do good things for your community. Ultimately, the needs of the people you serve will naturally emerge, but your responsibility revolves around honing in on the needs assessment questions that best address the most important problems.

After gathering information from multiple sources, you should be consistent with the questions you ask. Make sure you choose the best method for collecting data. Knowing your audience will help you in with accurate data collection.

Avoid rushing into a solution, even after you have formulated a needs assessment. Your organization or nonprofit’s mission is to solve problems and help address needs for people who may be unable to help themselves. 

Consider turning to a professional organization like The Legacy Theory, who is compelled to tell your brand’s story. Be sure to get in touch with us today to help you take action for your organization.