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The Oral History Association is developing a new strategic plan. As part of the process, it is gathering information from members and other stakeholders about its strengths and weaknesses as an academic and professional association, as well as possible future directions for its work.

The survey consists of eight (8) questions and should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete, depending upon the complexity of your answers.

Thank you!

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* 1. Please identify 3-5 internal strengths of OHA
(Strengths are OHA’s internal, positive attributes, such as staff and board commitment; quality of programming, membership benefits, etc. These are things within OHA’s control. Consider what the association does well, what advantages it has over other associations; and what others see as OHA’s strengths, etc.)

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* 2. Please identify 3-5 internal weaknesses of OHA
(Internal weaknesses are negative factors that detract from OHA’s strengths. These are areas OHA might need to improve to become more successful, such as developing stronger or more efficient organizational infrastructure and processes, greater or more diverse expertise; what others are likely to see as weaknesses, etc.)

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* 3. Please identify 3-5 external opportunities for OHA
(Opportunities are external factors in the association’s operating environment that are likely to contribute to its success, such as trends OHA could take advantage of, potential partnerships, new funding sources, etc.)

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* 4. Please identify 3-5 external threats to OHA
(Threats are external factors OHA has no control over and trends that could become a threat, such as future changes in academia and higher education. OHA may want to consider putting in place contingency plans for dealing with them if they occur.)

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* 5. From your vantage point, what are the five (5) biggest challenges currently facing the oral history field? (Choose only your top 5)

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* 6. What are three (3) of the biggest challenges you personally face pursuing your work in the field of oral history?

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* 7. Please provide up to five (5) strategies OHA could employ to address the biggest fieldwide and/or personal professional challenges you identified in Questions 5 and 6?

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* 8. Parting Thoughts
Please use this space to share your thoughts about OHA and ways in which it might be able to meet the professional and personal challenges you've identified above.

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* 9. Optional:
Please feel free to identify yourself with name and contact information.

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