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close this bookCreative Training - A User's Guide (IIRR, 1998)
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The TNA identifies the existing knowledge, skills and attitudes of participants, in order to surface their training needs:

I. Information

· What sort of information do the participants know? This could cover problems or issues in the community or the whole country.

· What else do participants need to know to further their understanding of the problem or issue?


II. Skills

· What are the current capabilities, skills, strengths and weaknesses of the participants?

· What further skills do they need to develop?

III. Change in attitudes

· What are the attitudes of the participants towards issues and problems, and what are the norms and traditions that have formed these attitudes?

· Are these the kind of attitudes that can help them in their work and lives? If not, can these be changed?

These three types of training needs could either come from the individual participant or from the organization they come from. Moreover, the three training needs have two different levels - the short-term needs and the long-term needs.