NA TIG Week: Measuring Necessity and Sufficiency by Ryan Watkins

I’m Ryan Watkins and I teach needs assessment at George Washington University and for The Evaluator’s Institute. Last year I emphasized the importance of applying the concepts of necessary and sufficient conditions when doing needs assessments. This year I want to extend that contribution to introduce aspects of measuring necessity and sufficiency, which (when data …

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NA TIG Week: Needs Assessments in City Planning: Examples from Four Cities – Saint Paul, Portland, Oklahoma City and Edmonton by Maurya West Meiers

I’m Maurya West Meiers. I work at the World Bank as a Senior Evaluation Officer and am coauthor of A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential Tools for Collecting Information, Making Decisions, and Achieving Development Results (free World Bank book). Needs assessments and planning go hand-in-hand. Recently I’ve been interested in needs assessments applied at the municipal/city level. Many cities …

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NA TIG Week: Using a Logic Model Framework to Plan an Evaluation by Sue Hamann

I’m Sue Hamann and have worked as an Evaluator for almost 40 years and am currently employed at the National Institutes of Health as a Health Scientist and Science Evaluation Officer. Many people new to evaluation are assigned to work as evaluators. My tips today are for those novice evaluators who need some help getting …

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NA TIG Week: Why Journal Articles about Needs Assessment (NA) Aren’t Plentiful? Excerpts from a 2018 AEA Ignite Session by Jim Altschuld

I’m Jim Altschuld, an AEA charter member who’s written about needs assessments (NAs) for nearly 4 decades and Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University. So why aren’t journal articles about NAs plentiful? Possible answers: Journal reviewers don’t like NAs, are biased, and reject most articles. NAs are for internal organization and agency purposes, not for …

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NA TIG Week: Community Based Participatory… Needs Assessment: Are you trying to tell me what I need??? by Lisle Hites

Welcome to the Needs Assessment TIG’s week on AEA365! I’m Lisle Hites, Chair of the Needs Assessment TIG, Associate Professor in Health Care Organization and Policy and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On behalf of all of us here at the Needs Assessment TIG, I hope you enjoy this week’s blog entries and look …

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What Social Media Platform Is Best for You and Your Industry? by Jessica Byrnes

Hi, I’m Jessica Byrnes, and I’m a member of the AEA marketing team. Did you know that 92% of marketers say social media has helped increase their business exposure? Essentially: If social media isn’t already a part of your marketing model, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity! However, it’s important that you spend your time and …

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APC TIG Week: It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities by Kat Athanasiades

My name is Kat Athanasiades and I’m a Senior Associate with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI). We work to advance evaluation practice in areas that are challenging to assess, which tend to be areas of high complexity such as advocacy and policy change. Nonprofit advocates and funders doing advocacy work engage in a range of tactics such …

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APC TIG Week: Using Twitter to Track Narrative Change for Policy Advocacy Efforts by Laura Pryor & Heather Lewis-Charp

We are Heather Lewis-Charp and Laura Pryor, researchers at SPR, an evaluation firm located in Oakland, California. Within the advocacy field, framing is often key to winning in the court of public opinion. Phrases that capture the influence of complex issues on people’s lives have a powerful effect on how individuals and policy makers understand …

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APC TIG Week: The Political Context: Paradoxical Observations by Nicole Robinson

I’m Nicole Robinson, an evaluator of color living in Wisconsin. I will always remember where I was and what I was feeling on election night during the surprise win of Donald Trump. Furthest from my mind was evaluation even though I have been an evaluator for over ten years. His election changed the political context …

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APC TIG Week: Mitigating Advocacy Capacity Assessment Power Dynamics by Anne Gienapp and Sue Hoechstetter

Hi, we are Anne Gienapp, ORS Impact Director, and Sue Hoechstetter, Independent Advocacy Evaluation Specialist.  Along with evaluators Toyin Akpan, Carlisle Levine, Janet Sawaya, and Rhonda Schlangen, we came together at AEA last year to present on and discuss power dynamics that are often present and challenging when conducting advocacy capacity assessments. Our combined experiences …

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