Needs Assessment

NA TIG Week: Needs and Artificial Intelligence by Ryan Watkins

I am Ryan Watkins and as a professor at George Washington University, where I do research on and teach about needs, needs assessments, and how people collaborate in making decisions with increasing ‘intelligent’ technologies. Making judgments about what actions to take (or what actions to recommend that others take) routinely requires complex considerations about the …

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NA TIG Week: Decision-making Resources for your Needs Assessments by Maurya West Meiers

I’m Maurya West Meiers. I work at the World Bank 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). Decision-making is fundamental to doing needs assessments (and other evaluation-related work) – whether in an …

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NA TIG Week: Conducting a Labor Market Assessment for Youth Employment Programs: Three Resources by Sylvia Otieno

Hi, my name is Sylvia Otieno and I am a Research Assistant at Higher Ed Insight, we work with nonprofits, foundations, colleges and universities to help develop, implement, research and evaluate programs and efforts to improve education and workforce outcomes. In this blog, I highlight three resources on conducting a labor market assessment for youth …

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NA TIG Week: Lessons Learnt from Participatory Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping with Youth by Madhawa Palihapitiya

Greetings! I am Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya, an evaluator from UMass Boston. I have been using participatory approaches to needs assessment and asset mapping with youth for a while now. I have been evaluating The Youth Conflict Resolution & Restorative Practices Program administered by Massachusetts’ statutory state dispute resolution office (MOPC) for the past eight years. …

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NA TIG Week: The Needs Index, A Simple Concept Maybe? By James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling Hung, and Yi-Fang Lee

Hi, we are James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling 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 years.  Need is the difference between the desired or what should be state of an entity and its current …

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NA TIG Week: Just-in-Time Community Engaged Needs Assessment: Driving Action 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’ll enjoy this week’s blog entries and we look …

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NA TIG Week: Using a Needs Assessment Double Scale Survey Method to Pilot Test a Survey Instrument by Sue Hamann

I’m Sue Hamann, an evaluator for 40 years, and employed at the National Institutes of Health as a Health Scientist and Science Evaluation Officer.  Many people who are not trained in the analytic sciences and social research sciences are called upon to conduct evaluations.  For the last several years, I’ve tried to bring issues about …

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NA TIG Week: Images as Data for Needs Assessments and Evaluation by Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya

Hi! I’m Madhawa “Mads” Palihapitiya, an evaluator, researcher and teacher from UMass Boston who has been using digital images for program evaluation for over half-a-decade. It was the anthropologists, visual sociologists and arts-based researchers who first used photographs for research. Since then, the use of digital images has gained status in evaluation as an “authentic source” …

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NA TIG Week: Necessity and Sufficiency: A quick example by Ryan Watkins

I’m Ryan Watkins and I teach needs assessment at George Washington University and for The Evaluator’s Institute. Last year in AEA365, I introduced formulas for how we can determine the necessity and/or sufficiency of a desired result leading to other desired results – thus offering tools for quantifying needs (i.e., gaps in results).  This year I’m offering …

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NA TIG Week: After Action Reviews for Planning Future Needs: Never let a crisis go to waste 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). As the global community experiences COVID-19, there is much value in looking backwards as we plan ahead for our future activities …

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