Needs Assessment

Analyzing needs is the essential starting point of coordinated humanitarian action. To understand a population’s education needs in an emergency or in a situation of chronic crisis, we must ask relevant questions in order to obtain high quality data. Robust and reliable education data can help affected communities and international actors begin to address some of the gaps in education services during emergencies. Better data can also provide insights into how education provision can be more resilient to situations of conflict or disaster sensitive. Carefully considering how we gather our information will also ensure that we hear the voices of all those involved in education.

The Global Education Cluster has developed a range of resources to support Education Clusters carry out rapid joint education needs assessments. These tools are also relevant if you are working to contribute or contextualize education questions as part of a multi-sector assessment.

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September 24, 2015
Title: Conducting a Secondary Data Review to support the development of a Humanitarian Needs Overview with a focus on protracted crises. Date: Tuesday 8 September 2015 ACAPS provided technical support in delivering a webinar to guide cluster staff in how to aggregate and synthesise data from a number of sources to put together a robust …
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September 1, 2015
The MIRA guidance is part of the IASC Transformative Agenda (TA) Protocols. The TA recognizes the critical role of needs assessment (NA) as a basis for overall and cluster stategy development; agreed that NA should be well coordinsted, rapid and repeated/reviewed as necessary to reflect the changing dynamics, drivers and needs in each country and …
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September 1, 2015
In light of the growing recognition of the weaknesses in the multilateral humanitarian response, the IASC Principals decided to review the current approach to humanitarian response and make adjustments, building on the lessons learned in 2010 and 2011. Based on an analysis of current challenges to leadership and coordination, the IASC Principals agreed in December …
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March 3, 2015
ACAPS newly published Humanitarian Needs Assessment – the Good Enough Guide has been designed to help humanitarian staff design and implement needs assessment in emergencies. Needs assessment is essential for programme planning, monitoring and evaluation in emergency responses. However, a quick and simple approach may be the only practical possibility. In other words, needs assessments …
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February 26, 2015
In August 2014 the Mali Education Cluster conducted a sector needs assessment in Mali’s Kidal region. In preparation for the assessment the Cluster Coordinator in Bamako trained national NGO partners in assessment methodology, and use of the Magpi mobile data collection platform. NGO CarteONG, via NOMAD, provided remote technical support to the Mali Education Cluster …
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February 26, 2015
Since May 2013, attacks by the Nigerian based militant group Boko Haram have intensified along the Cameroon’s northwest border resulting in the looting of villages, killing of innocent civilians as well as mass kidnappings, including of children. The deployment of Cameroonian and Chadian troops to Cameroon’s Far North region has thus far proved insufficient in …
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February 26, 2015
Following the Ebola outbreak, schools in Liberia were ordered closed in July 2014. They remained closed for more than 7 months, until the start of the school year 2014/2015, from 16 February onwards. In order to determine the impact of Ebola on education in Liberia, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and partners agreed to conduct …
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February 23, 2015
Assessment Q​uestionnaire Design Tool: When you are in the process of designing your questionnaire it is important to map out the decisions the cluster and partners need to make and the information you need in order to make those decisions.  Doing so you will ensure that each question you include in your questionnaire is linked …
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January 30, 2014
This training package supports the delivery of a four-day training in Needs Assessment covering both multi-sector assessments using the Multi- Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) methodology and education sector specific assessments. The package is designed for training cluster actors, including Cluster Coordinators and Information Managers, cluster partners and representatives of national authorities. The package utilizes …
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January 30, 2014
Indicators are necessary in order to enable a reliable and consistent reporting of quantifiable data that informs actions and measure output, outcome and impact along an operational management cycle. The Education Cluster Indicator List contains 32 indicators for use by country clusters and cluster members in their assessments, sector baselines, impact monitoring and/or evaluations. These …
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