Needs Assessment 2020
The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative provides Cultural Responsiveness and Organizational Development support, capacity building and technical assistance as it relates to sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity. We assessed the best ways to support Network member organizations using needs assessment data and organizational feedback. We broke the Needs Assessment into two surveys: a Technical Assistance Needs Assessment, and an Organizational Needs Assessment. We sent these surveys to Network and Component A-funded organizations between March and June of 2020.
These surveys asked agencies to share their organization’s principles, policies, and practices that support cultural responsiveness; training interests; and areas for greater equity. Data are used to create and offer technical assistance and capacity building opportunities to specific Network organizations and the whole Network throughout years 2-5 of the grant.
Technical Assistance Needs Assessment
The purpose of this survey was to understand the current and emerging educational, training, and capacity-building needs surrounding regarding Cultural Responsiveness and Organizational Development as it relates to sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and ethnicity.
Process of Survey creation:
Training options included:
Organizational Equity Survey
The purpose of this survey was to understand organizations’ principles, policies, and practices on cultural responsiveness as it relates to sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity.
We reviewed the literature on organizational LGBTQ+ and racial equity and surveys to measure equity from the NYSDOH AI, a consultant who already conducted a literature review of equity surveys, and Dismantling Racism Works. As most existing surveys measured racial equity, not LGBTQ equity, the survey structure was formulated on an article by Kristen L. Eckstrand which provided a framework for LGBTQ equity.
Background documents used:
Eckstrand, K., Lunn, M.R., Yehia, B.R. (2017).
Applying Organizational Change to Promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion and Reduce Health Disparities.
LGBT Health 4:3. DOI: 10.1089/lgbt.2015.0148.
Wall, V., Obear, A. (2008).
Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD): Exploring Best Practices to Create Socially Just, Inclusive, Campus Communities.
Amherst, MA: Social Justice Training Institute, University of Massachusetts.
Support, Technical Assistance and Resource Center (2017).
Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-run Programs and Self-help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services.
Chicago, IL: NAMI STAR Center, The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Process of Survey creation:
After receiving the results of this survey from Network organizations, we created an organizational report with a smaller group of our consultants for each individual organization. We sent this report out to each organization that completed the Needs Assessment.