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Needs Assessment Email Group

For practitioners, students, researchers, and others who are interested in the topic of needs assessment, in partnership with the Needs Assessment TIG of the American Evaluation Association, we have created an email group (listserv).  You can post questions, share articles, and find experts by posting to this mailing list.

To Join: Send an email to with the subject line "Subscribe".
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The virtual Performance Improvement Bookclub meets quarterly to discuss books on performance improvement, human resources management, organizational development, instructional design, or related fields. The Bookclub is a free professional development opportunity and we are always welcoming new members. The members vote to decide on which books we will read and then the discussions take place 3 months later on a conference call. Podcasts from previous discussions are posted below.

If you are interested in joining the Bookclub .

Podcasts of Previous Bookclub Discussions

February 1, 2018 - Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker

August 15, 2017 - Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli
May 8, 2017 - Informal Learning by Jay Cross
February 8, 2017 - A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel Levitin
December 15, 2016 - The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
July 22, 2016 - The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst
August 3, 2015 - Don't Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug
May 5, 2015 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
February 3, 2015 - Lean Human Performance Improvement by Jerry Harbour
November 13, 2014 - How the Poor Can Save Capitalism by John Hope Bryant
August 5, 2014 - Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
May 7, 2014 - Myth of Innovation by Scott Burkun
February 4, 2014 - Design Thinking by Nigel Cross (Design Model graphic by Lynn Kearny)
November 4, 2013 - The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
August 13, 2013 -- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
May 3, 2013 -- Think, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
February 8, 2013 -- Analysis for Improving Performance by Richard Swanson
November 2, 2012 - Cognitive Load Theory by Jan Plass
August 3, 2012 - Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels.
May 4, 2012 - Chasing Stars by Boris Groysberg.
February 3, 2012 - The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.

October 28, 2011 - Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-truths, and Total Nonsense by Pfeffer and Sutton.

August 4, 2011 - Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (Bonus: NPR interview with the author)

March 28, 2011 - Human Competence by Thomas Gilbert

January 26, 2011 - Turning Research into Results by Richard Clark and Fred Estes
November 4, 2010 - Shopclass as Soul Craft by Matthew Crawford
August 5, 2010 - The ROI of Human Capital by Jac Fitz-enz
April 30, 2010 - Structured On the Job Training by Ron Jacobs
February 2, 2010 - Building Expertise by Ruth Clark (sorry, no recording available)

Research Articles Club

Unfortunately the research articles club only lasted a year and then the members decided that it was too difficult for many of them to access relevant research articles without violating copyright laws.

Podcasts of Previous Articles Group Discussions (click on title to listen to the discussion)

March 2012 - Peters, L., & Karren, R. J. (2009). An examination of the roles of trust and functional diversity on virtual team performance ratings. Group & Organization Management, 34(4), 479-504.
December 2011 - Eriksson, T., & Ortega, J. (2006). The adoption of job rotation: Testing the theories. Industrial and Labor Relations59(4), 653-666. (pdf of article

October 2011 - Dikkers, J. S. E., Jansen, P. G. W., de Lange, A. H., Vinkenburg, C. J., & Kooij, D. (2010). Proactivity, job characteristics, and engagement: A longitudinal study. *Career Development International, 15*(1), 59-77.  (copy of article)

July 2011 - Luthans, F., Norman, S., Avolio, B., and Avey, J. (2008). The mediating role of psychological capital in the supportive organizational climate— employee performance relationship. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 219–238. (pdf of article)

May 2011 - Arthur, W., Bennett, W., Edens, P.S., &  Bell, S.T.  Effectiveness of training in organizations: A meta-analysis of design and evaluation features. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(2), 234-245. (pdf of article)