Needs Assessment

MVE TIG Week: Conducting Needs Assessments in Military Settings by Julianne Rush-Manchester

Hello, I’m Julianne Rush-Manchester of the Military and Veterans TIG. I’m a career, nearly 20-year, evaluator whose been working in the Department of Defense space since 2015. My work has been interdisciplinary (education, criminal justice, prevention, health, public health); yet, across those areas, I’ve learned a few important lessons for conducting needs assessments that can …

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NA TIG Week: Models, Frameworks and Approaches for Needs Assessments of Learning, Organizational, Performance, and Related Human Activities 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 (available for free here). My needs assessment and evaluation work often centers around areas of learning, capacity building, organizational development, management, performance, change …

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NA TIG Week: Necessity and Sufficiency Relationships by Ryan Watkins

Underlying any needs assessments is a concept of what is a “need.”  I’m Ryan Watkins and I teach how to do needs assessments at George Washington University and for The Evaluator’s Institute. It can be implied from the word that a need refers to a relationship where something is “needed,” or in other words that …

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NA TIG Week: Creative Ways to Get Useful and Actionable Data for a Small Budget Needs Assessment by Beth Mulligan and Kate Darwent

Hello! We’re Beth Mulligan and Kate Darwent from Corona Insights, a firm that provides research, evaluation, and strategic consulting services for government and nonprofit organizations.  We are often contacted by clients who have both very limited resources and a very strong desire to understand and address the needs in their community (whether “their community” is …

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NA TIG Week: Combining Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping in Complex Evaluations by Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya

Hi! I’m Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya, Associate Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at UMass Boston. In 2016, my agency completed the Massachusetts municipal conflict resolution needs assessment study which was commissioned by the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2014. The study features how destructive public conflicts, within and between municipalities, and their constituencies were …

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NA TIG Week: Improving Needs Assessment (NA) Practice: The Seemingly Simple but not so Simple Double Scaled Survey by James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, and Yi-Fang Lee

Hi, we are James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, and Yi-Fang Lee from The Ohio State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and National Taiwan Normal University, and have presented on, written about, and been involved in NAs for many years.  In reviewing manuscripts for publication, we have observed measurement and analysis issues in double scaled surveys used for …

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NA TIG Week: Using Asset Mapping to Address the Complexity of Assessing Needs in Communities by Lisle Hites

Welcome to the Needs Assessment TIG’s week on AEA 365! I’m Lisle Hites, Chair of the Needs Assessment TIG, Associate Professor in Health Care Organization and Policy and Director of the Evaluation and Assessment Unit (EAU) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. On behalf of all of us here …

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TRE TIG Week: The use of needs assessment in supporting translational science by Lisle Hites

I hope you are all enjoying the Translational Research Evaluation TIG week on AEA 365! I’m Lisle Hites, incoming Program Chair of the TRE TIG and also Chair of the Needs Assessment TIG. In my spare time, I’m also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Director of Evaluation for the Centers …

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NA TIG Week: Jim Altschuld on Tips for Asset-based Thinking when Doing Needs Assessments

Hi, I’m Jim Altschuld, an emeritus faculty member at the Ohio State University in the school of educational policy and leadership. Today I’m sharing some tips on asset-based thinking when doing needs assessments. First, for some premises to note: Needs, discrepancies between current and desirable conditions, are problems, issues, or difficulties to be resolved. Assets …

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NA TIG Week: Maurya West Meiers on Charrettes: Working on the work together to find shared solutions

I’m Maurya West Meiers, Senior Evaluation Officer at the World Bank and coauthor of A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential Tools for Collecting Information, Making Decisions, and Achieving Development Results. Recently in my Virginia neighborhood, community leaders and members held a charrette. You ask, what is a charrette (or charette)? Charrettes are gatherings (often time-bound …

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