WYSAC can help determine the direction of programs in communities or organizations through rigorous data collection and analysis. Often, a needs assessment begins with a survey, and WYSAC’s survey methodologists can advise on the best ways for collecting the data. In addition, however, a thorough needs assessment should include analysis and interpretation, informed by an understanding of the topic under study. WYSAC’s staff includes subject-matter experts in a variety of fields who can help clients make sense of the data. The result will be a needs assessment that is truly useful for deciding how best to allocate resources or what problems to target based upon the needs of consumers and communities.
WYSAC informs public policy through the accurate analysis of policy alternatives and the study of current public policy. We draw conclusions from data on the policies, procedures, and proposals at issue, and from the relevant scientific literature.