Thematic Areas

Humanitarian Needs Assessment

HNA -Participatory tools for Needs Assessments

HNA -Participatory tools for Needs Assessments

Needs assessments should be carried out using a participatory community-led process. The following tools could be used to help communities identify needs and potential solutions during an assessment.

Resources

Tools in this toolbox

Action plan matrix

To support participants to develop a community action plan.Steps Community members develop action plans based on the solutions id…

Body map

To explore issues around health and sexuality, women’s rights and violence against women.Steps in the processDraw the outline of …

Chapatti diagram

To explore relationships between things – particularly the relative importance, influence or power of people, organisations or gr…

Forcefield analysis

To identify helpers and spoilers – people, organisations or events that might help or hinder your work. For a similar tool, adapt…

Maps

To present local information, problems and opportunities in a clear, visual way. A basic map of a local area can be overlaid with…

Safety map

To identify safe and unsafe areas in a city or community.This exercise was designed as part of the Safe Cities Urban Book process…

Safety walk

To identify areas in the community that are safe and unsafe for women.NB: This exercise should be facilitated by a trained traine…

Timeline - action planning

To plan for action by marking key activities on a timeline or 'yardstick'.StepsMap each of the actions in your action plan along …

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