10.4 Information sources

Make use of as many available information sources as possible. By seeking information from many different sources, the assessment team can cross-reference different responses to determine the best single estimate or conclusion and avoid bias. This is called ‘triangulation’ of data.

Key sources of information include:

  • disaster-affected communities
  • Leaders, vulnerable groups, women, health workers, school teachers, institutions, community based organisations, youth, etc.
  • local government representatives and offices
  • local and international NGOs and coordinating bodies
  • UN agencies
  • Humanitarian Information Centres
  • donor agencies
  • local and international news media
  • suppliers and commercial organisations