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Needs assessment tools (short course)

A self-led online course on determining community needs and prioritising actions following a disaster

2023

A flooded African village with grass huts surrounded by water

Photo: Anna Chilvers/Tearfund

Course details

Language
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Duration
20 minutes
Cost
Free

What will you gain from the course?

  • The skill and confidence to use 3 key tools following a disaster (direct observational tool, discussion question tool, and initial rapid needs assessment tool)
  • Insight into how to use the knowledge gained from these tools to plan your response and allocate resources effectively.
This short course has been taken from the in-depth online course Disasters and the local church.

Course highlights

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  1. What are needs assessment tools and why do they matter? How do you use each tool at the right time?

  2. Understand how this tool is used to record initial observations in the immediate aftermath of a rapid-onset emergency.

  3. Determine priority needs by using this tool in conversation with people who have been affected by the disaster.

  4. Know how to plan, coordinate and dedicate time to interviewing a sample of those affected to gather more detailed information.

  5. Learn from a scenario how to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and risks based on the interview information.

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What have previous learners said?

  • It is very good to learn for new learner who don't know about need assessment.

    Htet Myanmar
  • Simple and well-arranged

    John Uganda

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