Needs Assessment

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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NA TIG Week: Ryan Watkins on Needs Assessment: Making Recommendations

Don’t scroll down! Don’t hit back button yet, read this first! My name is Ryan Watkins and I am a professor at George Washington University. Whereas many aspects of a needs assessment parallels an evaluation, the making of recommendations about what to do next is often a new challenge for us when we move from …

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NA TIG Week: Ingrid Guerra-Lopez on Design-Oriented Needs Assessment: Transitioning from Problem Definition to Solution Design

I’m Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Professor at Wayne State University and CEO of the Institute for Needs Assessment & Evaluation, and I want to help you through the transition from problem identification to solution design. Needs assessment give us an excellent process to identify the critical gaps in results (what), analyze contributing root causes or factors (why), …

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NA TIG Week: Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung on Key Ingredients for a Simple Needs Assessment Recipe

I’m Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, Program Co-chair for the Needs Assessment (NA) TIG. Because of my involvement in the TIG, I have reviewed annual conference proposals since 2008. Over the years I found that some proposals only had a title associated with needs or needs assessment, but these are were not needs assessments. Since needs assessments …

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NA TIG Week: Lisle Hites on Scenario Based Needs Assessment to Assess Community Needs for Daycare Center Emergencies

Welcome to Needs Assessment TIG 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. We hope you enjoy this week’s TIG contributions …

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