[BiO BB] Bioinformatics (potential) needs assessment form?
mgollery at unr.edu
Wed Aug 18 11:42:07 EDT 2004
I have a form that I have used with some success. I will send it to you, Dan,
when I get back to work- I am at a conference at Stanford right now.
Quoting Dan Bolser <dmb at mrc-dunn.cam.ac.uk>:
> Thanks very much for this information. I agree that interviews are the
> best way to serve an actual group of users (instead of a generic
> hypothetical group). However, I was looking for a generic form that I
> could taylor given my specific knowlage (based on beging around these guys
> for the last 2 years).
> A generic form could have several 'modules' to cover different lines of
> experimantal research, and could be used as a template to get things off
> the ground quickly.
> For example, one section (or 'module') could specifically address the need
> for further discussion and interviews. That way you could target your
> interviews to those people who are most likely to benifit from
> them. Perhaps...
> I definatly agree with what you have put below, but I am lazy (this isn't
> really my job anyway), and I would find a form or questionnaire much more
> appealing (in the short term).
> I know this isn't a good advert for good practice, but I do think that a
> well structured form could go a long way to quickly gathering good (but
> not the best) information in a fraction of the time and with a
> fraction of the effort.
> What do you think?
> Thanks again,
> On Wed, 18 Aug 2004, Joe Landman wrote:
> >Hi Dan:
> > A real needs assessment tends to be an interview. You might be able
> >to do a set of interviews to get a better understanding of what
> >questions to put into your poll.
> > The needs assessments vary depending upon the target group and their
> >problems. A single poll might not capture the necessary details.
> > Needs assessments are critical to my companies business, as we need to
> >understand our customers computational problems. I would think that a
> >similar approach might work here, though it is usually hard to condense
> >everything into a single document before the interview. You might try
> >several sample interviews, see where they take you, and then refine it.
> >Iterate until you are satisfied.
> >Dan Bolser wrote:
> >>Has anyone ever done a survey of bioinformatics needs for an
> >>experimentalist (molecular biology) community?
> >>I need to survey the (potential) bioinformatics needs of a group of
> >>experimentalists with a wide range of bioinformatics knowledge (from
> >>in-depth specialist' through 'general' to 'none').
> >>Ideally I would like to capture both what is currently being used, and
> >>what would be really useful if it were being used.
> >>The problem is in the last case people may not know what could
> >>be helpful. i.e. they need training and/or the form needs to be
> >>educational (gulp).
> >>I would be very grateful if someone could point me at a stock form, and I
> >>would be more than willing to help try to create such a stock form from
> >>the condensed knowledge of this community.
> >>Thanks very much for any assistance,
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