Needs Assessment

NA TIG Week: Saying It Visually! Participatory Photography for Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping by Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya

Hi! I’m Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya, Associate Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at UMass Boston. Since 2015, I’ve been using participatory photography for needs assessment and asset mapping with “at-risk” youth in Boston and its suburbs. Hot Tip: PhotoVoice is a participatory research method used successfully as a participatory needs assessment approach to …

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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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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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