Annexing Capacity Building and Needs Assessment through a Collaborative Evaluation

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos and Janet Mahowski.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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In high-performing schools, all members of the community recognize and embrace their accountability for student success. In order to cultivate accountability, schools have established processes, which utilize an investigation of their data sources to evaluate and determine goals. A requirement for schools receiving federal funding, School Improvement Plans (SIP) must be written that provide a needs assessment framework for investigating problems and addressing areas for improvement. However, problems using needs assessments as the only foundation for organizational improvement have been addressed in various studies because of heavy reliance on identifying organizational deficiencies as opposed to positive growth. In order to address this weakness, other evaluators suggest that organizations use asset capacity building as a way to empower organizations to make and sustain improvements. Through guidelines provided by the Model for Collaborative Evaluation (MCE), this paper provides a clearer understanding of the school improvement process and how the MCE can drive the merging of needs assessment and asset capacity building in order to ensure sustainability. Although all of the components of the MCE are relevant to the process of school improvement planning, integrating the first component, Identify the Situation, is the focus of this paper.

Keywords: Capacity Building, Needs Assessment, Model for Collaborative Evaluation, School Improvement Plan

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 3, July 2015, pp.9-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 455.428KB)).

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Professor, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Janet Mahowski

Senior Coordinator of Evaluation, Title I Programs, Pinellas County School District, Largo, Florida, USA