I’m really pleased to share with this community that we’ve developed an easy to use, self-serve, web-based needs assessment toolkit for open source projects: Open Source Software Needs Assessment Toolkit | Information Saves Lives | Internews
The toolkit helps identify the needs, pain points, opportunities, and strengths of open source tool teams. The output of the OSS Needs Assessment is a clear baseline picture of the health of the tool, the top 5 areas of concern for the tool team, and concrete, specific steps the team can take to achieve their vision and goals.
The plan is made available as a printable document at the end of the self-assessment. This document can then be leveraged to develop grant proposals and a clear rationale supporting the project’s need for various resources.
If your team decides to take the self-assessment, I’d love to hear your feedback on the experience!