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Needs Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Local Needs for Services for Drug Users


Needs Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Local Needs for Services for Drug Users


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Other useful references on the process of needs assessment

The following documents are not cited in the guide, but nevertheless, were consulted extensively in the preparation of the document.

Bain EA (2002) Social Inclusion in Rural Areas: Innovative Projects for Young People. Scottish Executive, Edinburgh. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/cru/resfinds/lurp-00.asp.

Scottish Office (1997) Framework for Mental Health Services in Scotland. Department of Health, Edinburgh.

World Health Organisation (2000) Workbook 3: Needs Assessment, http://www.emcdda.org/multimedia/project_reports/responses/3_needs_assessment.pdf