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Household Emergency Assessment Tool (HEAT) Launch

The Afghanistan humanitarian community is pleased to release the common household level needs assessment tool for use in all emergencies.  This will replace the previous separate PMT and RAF assessment tools with one single emergency needs assessment tool.

The Household Emergency Assessment Tool (HEAT) is a multi-sector tool for all emergency response in Afghanistan intended to indicate emergency assistance needs.

The agreement to use this single tool has been the result of months of work by the Humanitarian Coordinated Assessments Working Group (HCAWG). This group was set up at the request of the Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team, in response to slow and inaccurate assessment data collection and analysis in 2015. The initiative also results from requests of many NGO partners who asked us to streamline the diverse approaches to humanitarian assessment for natural disasters and conflict displacement.

The HEAT builds on the years of experience honing assessment methodologies in the field by the Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) NGOs, and now incorporates the expertise of key UN partners, including WFP’s Vulnerability and Assessment Mapping unit. We have now a robust and appropriate assessment tool for emergency requirements.

This tool does not attempt to replace in-depth sector assessments, but the enumerators are trained to make observations and comment on likely secondary implications and longer-term issues for inclusion in assessment reporting. The assessment reports will be shared with both the assessment team participants and the clusters, who can determine requirements for secondary, multi-sector or sector specific assessments.

The tool is for household level assessment which is appropriate in the majority of emergency cases in Afghanistan, however the HCAWG will next agree on a common assessment tool for larger-scale emergencies where household level assessment is not appropriate, in addition to common approaches to post-distribution monitoring.

The HEAT tool is accessible in three different formats, including hard copy paper assessment form, soft copy fillable PDF and mobile data collection on Android, iOS, and many other devices. The first two formats are available here online, while the online platform will be rolled out and made available in the coming months.

In order to ensure comprehensive roll out and far-reaching use of the new tool across the humanitarian community, training sessions supported by the Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will take place for all interested NGOs across the country over the coming months. Additional information on training, assessment reporting and mobile data collection and analysis will also be shared in the coming month through OCHA offices, the clusters and ACBAR.