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Below you will find a collection of key guidance and templates supporting the production of Needs Assessment related outputs.

Situational Analysis

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The Situational Analysis is the first output of the MIRA process and should be produced within 72 hours of an emergency. It represents an overview of available secondary data and early primary data. The Situational Analysis informs the flash appeal and the second, more in-depth phase of the MIRA, the primary data collection.

You can download the Situational Analysis Template here. A good example of this output in practice in the Central African Republic is also available for download.

Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO)

HNO 2016 Template

This output is designed to support the Humanitarian Country Team in developing a shared understanding of the impact and evolution of a crisis. The humanitarian needs overview helps inform strategic response planning. Most importantly, it works to ensure that credible evidence and a joint analysis of needs underpin an effective and prioritised humanitarian response.

Available in English, the 2021 HNO annotated template is available here.

Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA)

The MIRA Guidance outlines an approach to undertaking a joint multi-sector assessment in the earliest days of a crisis or change in the context. It guides subsequent in-depth sectoral assessments and provides decision-makers with timely, adequate, sufficiently accurate and reliable information to collectively identify strategic humanitarian priorities.
The MIRA Guidance is available in English, Russian and Spanish for download hereSeveral MIRA forms and templates are available:

Operational Guidance on Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises

Identifying priority needs of affected populations is the first step towards ensuring an effective and speedy humanitarian response. The Operational Guidance promotes a shared vision of how to plan and carry out coordinated assessments. Outputs from coordinated assessments support humanitarian decision-making.
Available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
A Summary is available in English and Spanish.

Download it here.