Pre-Course Needs Assessment: Proposal Writing

Your organization is considering a WordTask writing course for proposal writing. To assist in the determination of specific course content, please use the form below to let us know the needs and interests you have for training in proposal-writing skills.

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. We will use your feedback in our discussions with your organization to tailor our training services to your needs and to the proposal documents your routinely write.


  1. Fill in the biographical data in the “Information About You” section.
  2. Answer the eight questions that follow by inserting text in the boxes provided.
  3. Select the Submit button to send the information to us or the Clear button to erase your entries and start again.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide us with this information. Your feedback will guarantee that the course addresses your specific writing interests.

Information About You

Name (req’d):
Email address (req’d):


Writing in Your Job

1. What is your job function?

2. What percentage of your total job time do you spend writing proposals?

3. What types of information are you responsible for when contributing to the proposal?

4. If you write only portions of your firm’s proposals, describe your process for communicating with the prime contact for the proposal, the person who puts the document together.

5. What do you currently do to plan for writing proposal material? Is it successful? List any problems that arise in your planning process for your proposal content.

6. Describe your own proposal-writing process from start to finish.

Improvement Areas

7. What comments or complaints do your readers–such as managers, supervisors, or customers–make about your writing? Include in detail any issues of style, grammar, and the organization of your ideas in the proposal material.

8. Irrespective of what your readers say about your writing, what do YOU would want to improve on by taking a proposal-writing course? Include things about writing that you find difficult, even if you do them well.

9. Do you use the computer as a writing tool? If so, for what parts of the writing process? Is your source material available on line, allowing you to cut and paste from other documents, or do you have to transcribe information manually from source information?

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