Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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(11) Linking Needs Assessment (NA) and Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Through Practical Examples

Session Number: 11
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: James Altschuld [Professor Emeritus - The Ohio State University]
Other Workshop Presenter: Molly Engle [Professor and Evaluation Specialist - Oregon State University]
Time: Nov 10, 2015 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Columbus H

Audience Level: Intermediate
Learning Outcomes: • How to start a linked assessment in organizations and communities via examples
• The nature of a hybrid needs assessment and asset/capacity building model that combines the somewhat opposite strategies together meaningfully
• Aspects of process models for assessing needs and determining assets that underlie the hybrid model
• Ways to identify needs and assets via hands-on examples
• Problem areas of needs, NA, and asset/capacity building assessments.
Facilitation Experience: James W. Altschuld, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University and a member of its Emeritus Academy, is known for work in NA. He has offered workshops on the topic at the Evaluator's Institute, meetings of the Ohio Program Evaluators' Group, AEA, the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute, the government of Portugal, the Higher Education Agency of Sweden, the National Legislative Assistant's meeting, Kent State University, the California Department of Aging, and State Independent Living Council's national congress. He has been involved in research on NA (many published articles and chapters) and given presentations on it for the past 30 years in international, national, and regional venues.

Session Abstract:  Needs assessment (NA) is assigned to evaluators assuming that they have the requisite training but surveys indicated that few courses were being taught on this topic. In addition, recent cases of blending needs and asset/strengths for a community and organization improvement are emerging. This session is about how to do a hybrid assessment of needs and assets time without compromising the philosophical tenets of either activity. It begins with a request to a consulting firm ('the Altschuld and Engle business', A&E Associates) to do a joint venture that is major in scope. Participants will act as “staff “of the firm and will be oriented to what a hybrid process entails. From there, participants will work on large group exercises via small groups. These consist of brainstorming what might be done in general and move to forming working committees and actual hands on exercises that could be done in the needs assessment and asset/capacity building endeavor. The prior activities and discussions comprise about five hours of the professional development session and will be aided by handout materials and guidelines. The last hour will be devoted to reviewing real world examples from Altschuld's 2014-2015 book. Throughout the day there will be adequate time for questions and interaction.


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