Needs Assessment

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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NA TIG Week: Improving the Validity of Data from Qualitative Methods Used in Needs Assessments by James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, & Yi-Fang

We’re James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, and Yi-Fang Lee from Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth, and National Taiwan Normal Universities and have worked many years on needs assessments (NAs). We’re providing tips to enhance validity for data from qualitative techniques – Focus Group Interviews (FGIs), The Nominal Group Technique (NGT), and double scaled survey responses.  …

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NA TIG Week: Just-in-Time Community Engaged Needs Assessment: COVID-19 Redux 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 Community Medicine and Population Health at the University of Alabama. On behalf of all of us in the Needs Assessment TIG, I hope you enjoy this week’s blog entries and we look forward …

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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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