Needs assessment

Needs assessments in emergencies:

  • The role of assessment in an emergency is a critical and ongoing step in determining humanitarian needs and meeting obligations to humanitarian principles. 
  • Assessments help to identify the most appropriate response options to an emergency and what added value Tearfund can bring to an emergency response. 
  • Through assessments, humanitarian organisations gain accurate data about the needs and operating context, and engage with local communities and other humanitarian actors in the affected area. 
  • Assessment is a critical step in programme planning 

Tearfund's guidelines, tools and templates can be found here.

In addition, the Assessment Capacities Initiative (ACAPS) seeks to support and strengthen capacities to carry out better multi-sector assessments before, during and after crises. Lots of useful assessment tools and discussions can be found on their website: