Needs Assessment

NA TIG Week: Sue Hamann on Tips for Novice Needs Assessors

Hello, my name is Sue Hamann. I work at the National Institutes of Health as a Science Evaluation Officer, and I teach program evaluation to graduate students. Today I’m providing tips to novices in needs assessment (NA). Hot Tips: Use the original definition of needs. The original definition of NA is the measurement of the …

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NA TIG Week: Ryan Watkins on Planning to Measure Needs

I’m Ryan Watkins, Associate Professor at George Washington University and manager of two websites, www.WeShareScience.com and www.NeedsAssessment.org. Needs assessments require planning. You must plan for the “who, what, why, where, when, and how” of each step – from soliciting participation of stakeholder groups to the iterative development of grounded recommendations.   An overlooked planning task involves …

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NA TIG Week: Maurya West Meiers on Introducing Needs Assessment TIG Week and Identifying and Staying in Touch with Your Needs Assessment Stakeholders and Informants

My name is 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 free here). This week’s blog postings are from members of the Needs Assessment TIG. Check out our …

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities

Hi, we are Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith from the Disability, Health, and Employment Policy unit in the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our research is focused on health disparities between people with and without disabilities. Evaluating a Population of People with Disabilities In collaboration with the …

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Kylie Hutchinson on a Framework for Needs Assessment

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning and Evaluation. I have taught workshops on various evaluation topics for both the AEA and CES and Twitter weekly at @EvaluationMaven. Evaluators are often given the task of conducting needs assessments. Have you ever wondered how you can …

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NA Week: Roger Kaufman on Needs Assessment

For the past five decades Roger Kaufman (RK) has been a leader in the field of needs assessment – contributing 40 books and 200+ articles, and consulting with organizations around the world. He is a professor emeritus from Florida State University and a Distinguished Research Professor, Sonora (Mexico) Institute of Technology. For aea365, Dr. Kaufman …

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NA Week: Ryan Watkins on Overcoming Five Obstacles to a Successful Needs Assessment

I’m Ryan Watkins and I am an associate professor at George Washington University.  Among other things, I maintain the needs assessment website www.gapsinresults.com – which collects many needs assessment resources for you.  I’m writing today about five needs assessment obstacles and tips to overcome them.  Lessons Learned:  1st Obstacle: “We need …” Unfortunately, needs assessment …

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NA Week: Sue Hamann on Including Intended Service Recipients in Needs Assessment and Program Planning

Hello, my name is Sue Hamann, and I work at the National Institutes of Health. Today I will share some tips about including intended service recipients in needs assessment and program planning. Lessons Learned: Although leading authorities recommend the inclusion of intended service recipients, that is, those persons who have a need to be met …

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NA Week: Maurya West Meiers on Planning and Managing Your Needs Assessment

My name is Maurya West Meiers and I work at the World Bank as an Evaluation Officer. I’m writing to share information from our book on planning for and managing your needs assessment. Lessons Learned – Use checklists: Don’t underestimate the power and usefulness of checklists. Airline pilots are required to use them. Many surgeons …

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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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