Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Aspects of Collaborative/Community Needs Assessments

Session Number: NA2
Track: Needs Assessment
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: Hsin-Ling Hung [University of North Dakota]
Discussant: Maurya West Meiers [World Bank]
Presenter 1: Justin Lee [Institute of Policy Studies]
Presenter 2: Pauline Dickinson [Massey University]
Presenter 3: Jenifer Corn [Friday Institute for Educational Innovation]
Presenter 4: Pamela Drake [ETR ]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Suzanne Branon [Research Associate - Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Avril Smart [North Carolina State University]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Robert Maser [Friday Institute at NC State University]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Maria E Alvarez [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DHAP]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: DaDera L. Moore [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - DHAP]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Lisa Unti [Research Associate - ETR Associates]
Time: Nov 11, 2015 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Soldier Field

Abstract 1 Title: An Analytic Framework to Support Open Collaboration Needs Assessment
Presentation Abstract 1: <p align="left">This paper demonstrates the utility of an analytic framework that can be used to support open collaboration for needs assessments. Open collaborations systems are technologically mediated environment that supports collective knowledge production via online platforms, e.g. Wikipedia and the open-source software development. It has untapped potential for participants to collectively collate, analyse, produce and disseminate knowledge about client needs and service gaps, but would require a way to manage and coordinate the complex knowledge work involved. The analytic framework developed was originally used to facilitate face-to-face collaboration between researchers, governmental agencies and practitioners in various needs assessment projects (e.g. ex-offenders, people with disabilities and the elderly) in the context of the social service sector in Singapore. However, this can be potentially extended to an online platform to allow crowdsourcing for more meaningful participation from multiple stakeholders so that the knowledge base can grow coherently and systematically.
Abstract 2 Title: Insights into the Needs of Teen Parents: Conducting a Needs Assessment Using Photovoice
Presentation Abstract 2: Formative evaluation often involves conducting a needs assessment to ensure that initiatives are designed to address needs of a particular group or community. This is particularly important when assessing the needs of teen parents given that voices relating to them have a common theme of being those of adults and aside from the occasional media article it is rare that their voices are heard. It is therefore difficult to determine what types of support best suit their needs.
This paper describes the participatory photo elicitation process -- photovoice -- which engaged young parents in the project through the medium of photography. They generated data using photography in combination with dialogue as they explored their needs and how these could be met by a new Teen Parent Centre. The young parents were also active participants in the analysis and interpretation of the data they produced. This aspect of the project was a valuable tool for working with young parents in a positive, strengths-based, youth-focussed way. They learnt new skills as they explored the challenges and needs of being a young parent through participating in group work, coding and organising their photographs into themes and sorting the key photographs for an exhibition. The knowledge and stories gained from the photovoice project, which culminated in a community exhibition, was transformative for the young parents many of whom expressed pride at presenting their findings to their families/whanau and policy makers.
Abstract 3 Title: North Carolina's Large-Scale, Statewide Needs Assessment/Asset Inventory for Digital Learning
Presentation Abstract 3: <p class="Normal1">The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University -- in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, and other partners -- is developing the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan to accelerate North Carolina's transition from an industrial age, one-size-fits-all education to the personalized digital-age education students need to be successful in college, careers, and civic life in the world of their futures. To develop this plan, Friday Institute researchers will use an innovative asset/capacity building and needs assessment (Altschuld, 2014) evaluation framework to identify existing assets, determine needs at the district and state levels, and develop an implementation approach that provides funding and policy supports, human and technology infrastructure, and digital resources to ensure that all students throughout the state have equitable access to high-quality digital learning.
Abstract 4 Title: Using Collaboration, Small and Large Group Exercises, and Polling Software to Gather Needs Data from Community Stakeholders to Inform Funding and Program Decisions
Presentation Abstract 4: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention contracted with ETR to hold Community Engagement Sessions with community based organizations, state and local health departments, clinicians, and other stakeholders. The purpose of the sessions and webinars was to gather data to inform the continued alignment of CDC's HIV prevention capacity building assistance program with the High Impact Prevention approach to HIV prevention and care strategies and the imperatives outlined in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Four Community Engagement Sessions were held across the US, with 194 participants. The sessions were a collaborative effort between ETR and CDC and yielded rich information for CDC to consider when moving forward with their funding and program agendas. This presentation will describe the nature of the collaboration, the structure of the sessions, and strategies and tools used (e.g., independent, small group, and large group work; polling software) to successfully and efficiently gather data.
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Aspects of Collaborative/Community Needs Assessments



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