Needs Assessment

NA Week: James Altschuld on Lessons Learned: Use the 3 Phase Model

I’m James Altschuld, Professor Emeritus of Ohio State University. So you have to conduct a needs assessment! You are an evaluator in an organization or expert consultant, you know what to do. You have a sense of what needs assessment is but you really haven’t been involved in one before and now you are concerned. …

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NA Week: Ryan Watkins on Five Must Read Articles on Needs Assessment

I’m Ryan Watkins, an Associate Professor at George Washington University. Lessons Learned: Get familiar with needs assessment literature Even if you only occasionally conduct needs assessments, it is important to be aware of the research literature that supports your theories, processes, and tools. I’ve summarized five “classic” articles on needs assessment that should be on …

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Loraine Park, Carolyn Verheyen, and Eric Wat on Tips on Asset Mapping

We are a collaborative team from three research and planning firms: Loraine Park (Harder+Company Community Research), Carolyn Verheyen (MIG), and Eric Wat (SSG). As part of a larger community needs assessment, we recently conducted asset mapping in multiple communities. Our aim was to use that process to engage residents and parents in conversations about the …

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Melissa Biel on the Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper

My name is Melissa Biel and I am an independent consultant. I frequently work with hospitals, clinics and community organizations to conduct community health needs assessments. A common component of a community needs assessment is identifying access to primary health care. I have found the Uniform Data System (UDS) and the associated UDS Mapper to …

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Xin Wang, Neeley Current, and Gary Westergren on Using Think-aloud Interviewing to Evaluate Web Applications

Hello! We are Xin Wang, Neeley Current, and Gary Westergren. We work at the Information Experience Laboratory (IE Lab) of the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.  The IE lab is a usability laboratory that conducts research and evaluates technology. What is usability? According to Jakob Nielsen’s definition, usability …

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Jim Altschuld on So They Think They Need a Needs Assessment!

Hi, my name is Jim Altschuld.  I am a faculty emeritus at the Ohio State University in the school of educational policy and leadership.  Today I will be sharing some tips on needs assessment. You’re called in and they want to assess their needs.    That’s great because you’ve been steeped in Witkin, Altschuld, Kaufman, Gupta, …

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