Development Needs Analysis

The key to effective people development is to ensure that it is focused upon the business need. A 'change management process' should be used to assess the need of the business and compare that with the skills of the members of the business. If a gap is identified development (training/learning) should fill that gap with the best Return on Investment (ROI) possible. This MAPP contains decisions that will ensure that you will be consistent and effective when you conduct a DNA (TNA/LNA).

Author : Tom Holden    Date Created : May 16, 2014, 2:36 p.m.

A DNA – Development Needs Analysis (combined learning and training analysis) should be based firmly in business strategy. It should reflect and support the business need. That’s why it is referred to as a DNA – it analysis the very threads that make up the development process.


This MAPP is based upon the up and coming book by Tom Holden (itself a revision of “Successful Training Needs Analysis in a Week”, Hodder and Stoughton/Chartered Management Institute, 2002 selling 4000 copies worldwide).


If you are a manager, HR trainer or are project managing a staff development programme you need to be aware of the processes involved with an analysis. Ask yourself if you:


  • Can calculate the Return on Investment (ROI)?
  • Understand the terms relating to an individual’s Knowledge, Understanding, Skills, Attitude and Behaviour?
  • Understand the purpose of the development or its relevance to the organisation, department or individual?
  • Have a process for evaluating the development process and its success?


If the answer is ‘no’ to any of the above and to the many other questions you may have then this MAPP is for you.


This MAPP will provide you with:


  • A structure
  • Prompted decisions
  • The ability to recognise, delegate and programme manage tasks that arise from the decisions.
  • A critical path leading you through analysis, evaluation and ROI


Using the DNA MAPP will provide you with a high level of organisational focussed success in the analysis stages of a development process and an understanding of the stages within a development programme.