The Training Needs Assessment (TNA) is a valuable tool in knowing
participants even before the training begins. It gives the trainer foreknowledge
on what topics need to be discussed and how they should be handled based on the
characteristics of the participants. An effective TNA facilitates a
learner-centered training and builds on the experiences and knowledge of the
The TNA also provides useful data that can be used to monitor the
growth of a particular participant or community during or after any training.