This handbook offers guidance on how to use participatory methods to conduct needs assessments.
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How to conduct a participatory assessment
- Plan for the assessment. Decide what information to collect, where to collect it, who to talk to and which methods to use by analyzing existing information.
- Conduct the assessment. Use participatory tools such as transect walk, interviews, mapping, ranking, calendars and focus group discussions.
- Analyze the findings. Refer to analysis tools, such as tables and matrices.
The handbook discusses how to do each step.
Why are participatory assessments important?
- A strong assessment is the key to good problem analysis and project design.
- The assessment gathers the information required to develop the program strategy and ProFrame, including the definition of indicators.
- Participatory methods are the best way to ensure that the project design is relevant to the people we serve, by giving a voice to the most marginalized and most vulnerable households and communities and helping us to understand how their needs may be different from others.
|I. Plan for the Assessment||2|
|II. Conduct the Assessment||9|
|III. Analyze the Findings
|Annex 1. Assessment Planning Table||13|
|Annex 2. Assessment Tool Outline Table||14|
|Annex 3. Matrix for Assessment Analysis||15|
|Annex 4. Daily Analysis and Review of Assessment Plan Table||16|
|Annex 5. Participatory Assessment Tools||20|
|Annex 6. Khandamal Livelihoods Assessment Methodology||20|
Authors: Cassie Dummett, Clara Hagens, Dominique Morel
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Handbook: 30 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
Posted on April 9, 2013