CDAC Network and ACAPS launch new Needs Assessment tools

Source: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00 PM
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In 2014, CDAC Network Member agencies worked together to develop a suite of common tools to assess the information and communication needs of communities affected by disasters.

Two sets of tools have been developed, for use by different audiences:

Quick and Easy Guide: Assessment Information and Communications Needs

This guide, developed in collaboration with The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), is aimed at staff working in a humanitarian response.

It provides guidance on steps humanitarian responders can take to assess and determine how to enhance communication with and among communities at different stages of an emergency. Five key questions are suggested, including explanations of why these questions should be asked, and how agencies could act on this data to improve communication in humanitarian response.

This tool also includes a ‘Pocket Guide’, which is designed for field practitioners and can be printed on one double-sided sheet of paper. It summarises the key steps and provides the five key questions and response options.

Click here to access these tools:

  • Quick and Easy Guide: Assessing Information & Communications Needs Booklet
  • Pocket Guide: Information & Communication Questions in Rapid Needs Assessments

Suite of CDAC Network Common Communication Needs Assessment Tools

Three of the Media Development agencies (MDAs) of the CDAC Network - BBC Media Action, International Media Support (IMS) and Internews - have come together to develop a suite of common tools for conducting communication needs assessments following a disaster. These tools are based on questionnaires used by Internews in its information needs assessments.

These tools have been developed by the MDAs, but this does not exclude other organisations from using them. For example, some of the questions can be included in other sector assessments to ensure data is collected on communication needs. Moreover, the CDAC Network advocates for a comprehensive communication needs assessment to be conducted in the context of every new emergency, which would require the use of this kind of tool.

The suite of common tools includes:

  • A Guidance Note on Using the CDAC Network Common Communication Needs Assessment Tools
  • Questionnaire for Use with Affected Population
  • Humanitarian Responder Questionnaire
  • Media Station Profile Questionnaire

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