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Tools and guides

Needs assessments in emergencies

For identifying appropriate response options in an emergency and guiding programme design


Thulimaya's house was severely damaged by the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, and she is featured in Tearfund's needs assessments tools. Photo: Esther Trewinnard/Tearfund

Thulimaya's house was severely damaged by the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. She is featured in Tearfund's needs assessment tools. Photo: Esther Trewinnard/Tearfund

These documents help humanitarian organisations to decide the best options for their emergency response, both initially and on an ongoing basis.

They can be used multiple times, at varying depths and for different areas of focus, to ensure a relevant response as emergency situations change.

The short guide and good practice guide are accompanied by three specific tools: a direct observational tool, five discussion questions and the initial rapid needs assessment tool.

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