Learning Needs Analysis Essential Insights
Learn how to conduct an effective learning needs analysis that identifies organisational performance gaps and optimises learning impact for the workforce
Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.
Organisational performance depends on having the right people in the right place with the right skills at the right time. Evidence-based, relevant and measurable learning opportunities not only address identified performance gaps but also engage employees and boost their careers. This online course is an essential introduction to effective learning needs analysis (LNA), including why it differs from training needs analysis, to support effective organisation capability. It has been designed by credible learning professional Michelle Parry Slater with insights from Chris Schiller and Krystyna Gadd, both with a raft of L&D expertise in the field of LNA.
The programme explains why training needs analysis should be moving to learning needs analysis, stopping short of performance consulting. It focuses on supporting an effective needs analysis, including using the right terminology, understanding the process, the eight areas of data collection for LNA and how to use the data to optimise learning impact.
As a result of attending this course, learners will be able to make reasoned decisions, unbiased judgement and communicate thinking to others clearly, when evaluating large amounts of information from various sources.
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The purpose of this course is to:
- clarify what learning needs analysis is
- explore ideas for conducting effective learning needs analysis
- complete learning needs analysis in your context
- look wider and deeper into the results of your learning needs analysis.
Is this course right for me?
This Essential Insights programme is aimed at those whose role requires them to undertake a learning need analysis, including but not limited to, HR generalists, line managers and those embarking on a career in L&D. Participants will explore different approaches to LNA and consider it from all angles, so they are able to clarify what their workforce needs to learn.
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I want to put my team on this course
To support organisation capability and/or change management programmes, this course can be delivered to groups of people professionals. Participants will learn together how to ask the right questions to the right people to establish effective learning needs.
If you are looking to place more than four learners onto this course, please contact us to discuss a team solution
By the end of this course, you’ll have the confidence and skills to:
- Define the term 'learning needs analysis
- Explore how to start a learning needs analysis
- Identify the data needing to be collected for a learning needs analysis
Featuring a mix of written, video and interactive content, this course will take 60-90 minutes to complete, including reflective questions throughout and a knowledge check at the end. Learners engage at their own pace via the CIPD Learning Hub, a self-serve online platform.
- Topic 1: Introduction to terminology
- Topic 2: Getting ready for a learning needs analysis
- Topic 3: Undertaking a learning needs analysis
There is a short informal knowledge check at the end of the course for the learners to test themselves against some of the key messages. This can be undertaken multiple times.
There is a short knowledge check at the end of the course to test yourself against the key topics. This is not a formal assessment but an opportunity to self-test and can be done multiple times.
You will be able to access the course for 12 months from purchase and the CIPD Learning Hub will remain accessible to you for 24 months.