Needs assessment: Toolbox
Humanitarian Profile Support Guidance
The objective of the Humanitarian Profile Support Guidance is to provide an overview of definitions, methods and good practice on how to derive overall, inter-sectoral humanitarian population figures. The guidance is intended for colleagues who are tasked with estimating humanitarian population figures and are facilitating, or participating in joint analysis, planning and response monitoring.
IASC Guidelines on CODs in Disaster Preparedness and Response
This document provides the general framework of the CODs and FODs.
HNO Annex - Environment marker
Tips for developing an environmentally sensitive humanitarian needs overview
The humanitarian indicator registry, developed by global clusters, compliments the IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle reference module. As these markers cannot be standardised because emergencies and country contexts vary, it is recommended that indicators be listed as "key to allow comparison of needs and response monitoring across countries. Enhancements and revisions to the registry are currently under way, with changes expected including periodic field updates, and better compilation of multi-sectoral indicator selections.
The Indicator Registry has its own space on this site; access it here.
KoBo Toolbox is a free, open-source software suite for digital data collection in challenging environments, developed collaboratively by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, International Rescue Committee and OCHA. KoBo Toolbox allows rapid generation of standardized electronic forms by non-technical staff, digital data collection using mobile phones and tablets, and analysis of data without the delays and margins for error of transcription.
KoBo Toolbox has its own space on this site. Find it here.
Needs Comparison Tool (NCT)
Using a methodology for vulnerability and severity ranking is recommended to condense large amounts of humanitarian needs information into a format that allows for comparison and discussion. OCHA has developed a standardised, Excel-based humanitarian needs comparison tool based on field practice. Guidance on the tool is available for download here, as well as technical instructions on its use.
Example from the field:
For a list of needs assessment training events and their associated documents, click here.
Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS)
ACPAS works to support and strengthen capacities to carry out better multi-sector assessments and to bring together practitioners dedicated to improving and sharing best practices.
Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network
The CDAC Network works to ensure that people affected by crisis are well informed and actively communicating with those responding to the crisis including through media and technology channels.
Disaster Information Management System (DesInventar)
The DesInventar is a conceptual and methodological tool for the generation of National Disaster Inventories and the construction of databases of damage, losses and in general the effects of disasters.
Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)
GDACS provides alerts and impact estimations after major disasters through a multi-hazard disaster impact assessment service.
Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPs)
The JIPs provides support in collecting reliable information about IDPs, disaggregated by sex, age and location through on-site and remote support, (field) trainings, profiling tools and guidance and advocacy.
KENYA Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA)
KIRA site has been developed to support humanitarian actors during the design and operationalisation of a multi-sector, multi-agency rapid assessment for Kenya.
Profiling and Assessment Resource Kit (PARK)
The PARK is a collection of over a thousand tools and guidelines related to IDP profiling and assessments of humanitarian situations.
UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)
UNOSAT is a technology-intensive programme delivering imagery analysis and satellite solutions to relief and development organisations within and outside the UN system.
Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.