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Easy (and Free) Templates for Performing a Gap Analysis

written by: Ronda Bowen • edited by: Michele McDonough • updated: 9/20/2011

If you've been looking for free gap analysis templates, you've come to the right place. Learn about where to find gap analysis templates and what you should look for in a template in this helpful Bright Hub article.

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    Different Strokes for Different Folks

    When searching for a gap analysis template, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you need to be clear about what you are looking for - are you looking for an Excel worksheet, or are you looking for a gap analysis flow chart? Are you doing an SWOT analysis or a general gap anlaysis - be sure to take your gap analysis method into account. Because there are many different types of templates out there, it is important to be clear about your template needs. Below you will find a list of gap analysis templates that will meet just about every need.

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    Full Gap Analysis Report Templates

    If you're looking for the whole she-bang, that is, a template for the gap analysis report, there are a few good resoucres. Here's a list of some of the templates I found online:

    Finally, I have uploaded a template for your gap analysis report in our media gallery. This is a bare-bones template that will allow you to enter your information into the pre-determined format.

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    Gap Analysis Templates

    Gap Analysis templates can be in Word, Excel, or even MS Project formats. There are several places online where you can find gap analysis templates when you don't need the background information (or when you're organizing your findings). Here are a few resources:

    There is also a Word gap analysis template and an Excel gap analysis template available in the media gallery as free downloads.

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    SWOT Analysis Templates

    Finally, other free gap analysis templates that are available include those for SWOT Analyses. An SWOT analysis takes into account your strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The goal of an SWOT analysis is to maximize your strenghts and opportunities while minimizing your weaknesses and threats. You can find a great SWOT gap analysis template at Business Balls.

    If you're looking for more sample forms and downloadable templates, check out Bright Hub's resource guide: Over 50 Free Project Management Templates and Sample Forms.