Needs Assessment TIG Week: Five Must Read Articles on Needs Assessment by Ryan Watkins

I’m Ryan Watkins, Professor at George Washington University. Today’s article is a re-post, with updated links, of a 2012 AEA365 post. Lessons Learned: Get familiar with needs assessment literature. Even if you only occasionally conduct needs assessments, it is important to be aware of the research literature that supports your theories, processes, and tools. I’ve …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: Benjamin Franklin’s Advice in Decision Making by Maurya West Meiers

I’m Maurya West Meiers. I work at the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group as a Senior Evaluation Officer working on the Global Evaluation Initiative.  I’m also coauthor of A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential Tools for Collecting Information, Making Decisions, and Achieving Development Results (free World Bank book). Last year I wrote an AEA365 post on decision-making resources for your needs …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: Letting Your Needs Assessment Skills Shine by Sue Hamann

Hello and Welcome to our TIG’s AEA365 sponsored week.  My name is Sue Hamann.  I have worked as an Evaluator for more than 40 years and am currently employed at the National Institutes of Health as a Health Scientist and Science Evaluation Officer.  My boss recently mentioned her interest in having a root cause analysis …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: The Needs Assessment and Asset/Capacity Building Hybrid Model by Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung

Hi, I am Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, Director of Evaluation and Assessment at the Center on Health Disparities, Virginia Commonwealth University. I will briefly summarize key points of the needs assessment (NA) and asset/capacity building (A/CB) hybrid model. NA and A/CB are two different, oppositional schools of thought. In 2014 Altschuld and colleagues noted a new …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: Trying the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) on the Web: Maybe Yes, Maybe No by Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, Shea Wenzler, and James Altschuld

We’re Sonya Hung, Shea Wenzler, and Jim Altschuld from Virginia Commonwealth University and Ohio State. We’re sharing our experience on conducting online nominal group technique (NGT). The Setting We had a small project to do limited evaluation capacity building for faculty (mentors) and mentees in Underrepresented Minority (URM) Students’ training programs for a variety of …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: Assessing Access to Justice Needs and Assets through Community Mediation in Massachusetts from a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Lens by Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya

Hi! My name is Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya. I am an evaluator, researcher and teacher at UMass Boston. I am the Principal Investigator on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) needs assessment and asset mapping project to help increase dispute resolution services to ethnically diverse, and often undocumented/unserved/marginalized populations in Massachusetts. Lesson Learned: Since DEI is …

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Needs Assessment TIG Week: One Needs Assessment May Lead to Another: Following the Data by Lisle Hites

Welcome to the Needs Assessment TIG’s week on AEA 365! I’m Lisle Hites, Chair of the Needs Assessment TIG and Associate Professor in Community Medicine and Population Health at the University of Alabama. On behalf of all of us in the Needs Assessment TIG, I hope you enjoy this week’s blog entries, and we look …

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ACM TIG Week: Evaluation, risk, and our collective power by Jeremy Foutz

My name is Jeremy Foutz, and I’m an ethnomusicologist, evaluator, and principal at STEAM  Workgroup, working with cultural and informal learning organizations. I’m writing this from the position of a cis white man who, although coming from a family that survived on welfare programs, had/has significant levels of privilege. This week of posts from the …

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ACM TIG Week: Audience Impact by Jennifer Novak-Leonard

This post was original released on AEA365 in 2012, and was so popular the first time around, it is being reshared from the archives at the request of the Arts, Culture, and Museums TIG. Hi everyone – My name is Jennifer Novak-Leonard, and I’m a Senior Consultant with WolfBrown, an arts and cultural research and …

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ACM TIG Week: Evaluating our Impact: Priorities and Instruments by Kari Ross Nelson

My name is Kari Ross Nelson. I am the Research and Evaluation Associate at Thanksgiving Point Institute and an independent consultant to museums and other informal learning organizations in the greater Salt Lake City area. My team at Thanksgiving Point is the research partner on an IMLS-funded project, Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI). This …

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