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e-Mini Learning november 2022
Every two months, a new online training module !

Emergency Needs Assessment

As disaster risk management actors are increasingly faced with complex crises, needs assessment is an essential activity to develop action plans and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by a crisis, within an acceptable timeframe and in a coordinated manner with all stakeholders and sectors.

In order to be ready to respond as quickly as possible in case of a disaster would happen, the National Societies, with the support of the PIROI, have organized workshops ahead of the cyclonic season to review the tools that will be used during the needs assessments, such as household survey, market research and key informant interview frames. In addition, emergency response team members in the Indian Ocean region were trained in needs assessment, planning and emergency response, thanks to a regional training organized by PIROI.

In this month of November, you will discover new resources ( e-learning, videos, guides, handbooks), that will help you to conduct an Emergency Needs Assessment (ENA) in the best conditions.


Emergency needs assessment

Public : Beginner

Duration : 1 hour

Type : E-learning

Langues : English
Training objectives :
Recognize the purpose of assessment in emergencies ;
Identify the main principles of assessment ;
Identify who is on the assessment team ;
Distinguish between primary and secondary data ;
Be able to summarize, compare and interpret data; ;
Understand how to report and disseminate your findings ;

Access : IFRC Learning platform (free access)
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ICRC Guidelines for assessment in emergencies
(pdf guide)

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These guidelines created by ICRC are designed for use by anyone undertaking an
assessments and provide advice on how to carry out an assessment.

Video IFRC approach for Emergency Needs Assessments

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This video could be used to introduce the approach and as an introduction to the “Leading Emergency Assessments and Planning (LEAP)" training, that is aiming to strengthen skills, competencies and capacities within IFRC and its National Societies network.


Operational Guidance for Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises (OCHA) (guide):
The NATF (Needs Assessment Task Force) developed this Operational Guidance for Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises, to help realize the goal of better quality and more timely assessments through coordinated processes.

Humanitarian Needs Assessment: The Good Enough Guide:
This tool developped by ACAPS is a guide written for field staff carrying out assessments in the early days and weeks following a disaster. It has three sections to help you with assessments: steps, tools, and resources

Introduction to coordinated Needs Assessment ( e-learning):
ACAPS offers an introduction to Coordinated Needs Assessment with this e-learning divided in 6 modules.

Analysis of information in humanitarian emergencies (ACAPS project video):
In this video, Richard Garfield ( Team Lead in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, US Centers) explains the importance of analysis and the basic elements of it.
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