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Statewide Needs Assessment Process: One State’s Successful Committee Approach

SILC-NET & CIL-NET Present… A National Teleconference & Webinar

June 23, 2015; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETDo you know who you aren’t reaching? SILCs are required to do statewide needs assessment to ensure outreach efforts are getting to the right people. A reliable needs assessment process is your state’s best tool to determine who is left out and the first step in figuring out how to reach them. Join us this June to learn how you can adopt a proven committee approach to needs assessment in your state.

This training isn’t just for SILCs. Given the new enhanced role of CILs in the SPIL process, it is vitally important that CILs look more closely at the statewide processes for data gathering, collaboration, and planning.

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast. 

Target Audience

  • SILC & CIL Executive Directors, Council and board members, staff, and any others involved in the statewide needs assessment process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify SILC requirements related to needs assessments.
  • Explain how needs assessment results and priorities dovetail with SPIL development and sections of the SPIL.
  • Review a committee approach to address a statewide needs assessment for SILCs given the lack of fiscal resources.

Meet Your Presenters

Brad Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Russell Sage College in 1990.

Brad Williams has been the Executive Director of the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) for the past fifteen years. Previously, he was Executive Director of a CIL for almost ten years in the Southern Adirondacks. Brad helped with others to shape the direction of the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) and directed the network during its formative years. As it transitioned to the state association, he continued to push hard on the voting access issue, engaging in a wide variety of efforts to move the NYSBOE toward increased compliance with HAVA and polling place and voting machine access for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Brad has provided support to the council to issue several reports and surveys on a wide variety of topics. He has developed SILC best practices for member recruitment and orientation along with SPIL formulation and public input strategies, presenting on them at conferences. During the past SPIL cycle, he worked with consultant Alan Krieger to develop a SPIL monitoring and evaluation process that engages the SILC.

Brad is a consultant with both the SILC-NET and APRIL.

PRESENTED BY CIL-NET & SILC-NET: programs of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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