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Location Assessment (January 2016)


Completed in three-month data collection cycles, the Location Assessment provides a more in-depth view of displacement in Iraq. The Location Assessment dataset and main findings are published online and updates are recorded on a daily basis as new assessments are completed and registered by the DTM


The Location Assessment collects detailed information on IDP families living in the locations identified through the IDP Master List. The unit of reference is the location.

Identified locations hosting IDPs are visited and directly assessed by the RARTs, who fill in a close-ended questionnaire with information collected through multiple interviews with several and through direct observation.

At the start of the cycle, the list of identified locations is given to the field teams and it becomes the baseline for the Location Assessment. If new locations are identified during the assessment cycle, they are not included in the baseline and hence are not subject to assessment. It takes approximately three months to assess all locations identified at the beginning of the data collection cycle. Once completed, the entire process is conducted again using the most up-to-date IDP Master List as a baseline.

The reported coverage refers to the number of locations assessed versus the baseline. Consequently, this geographical coverage does not aim to take into account the number of families living in the locations, because this number is fluid and can change between the date of the baseline and the date of the assessment.

RARTs are instructed to interview several key informants to get a comprehensive understanding of the location and to cross-verify the information obtained. At the end of the interview, the RARTs fill one ODK form with the summary of the information collected, and the data is then uploaded to the server and stored as one assessment. The system automatically performs quality checks and assigns a credibility score to the assessment based on four questions answered by the RARTs on the quality and consistency of information collected.

Information routinely collected is:

-Geographical information (governorate, district, sub district, location, and GPS coordinates of the place where the population is assessed).
-Governorate of origin.
-Wave/period of displacement.
-Shelter type.
-Reasons of displacement.
-Future intentions.
-Feeling of safety and security and common security incidents.
-Needs and problems associated to fulfilling needs.
-SADD (Sex & Age Disaggregated Data).

Information is collected at aggregate level, on the majority of IDPs living in a location, not on individual families.

Sample size: 
Complete coverage
Assessment Report: 
Not Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Assessment Data: 
Assessment Date(s): 
12 Oct 2015 to 31 Jan 2016
Field work completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Structured Interview
Key Informant Interview
Field Interview
Population Type(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
International Organization for Migration
Participating Organization(s): 
International Organization for Migration
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Inter-Cluster Coordination