2. Critical steps in assessment


  • Begin preparing for assessment immediately after the emergency alert.
  • Develop a clear assessment plan and methodology.
  • Consider appropriate team composition (for example, gender balanced, multi-agency and inclusion of disaster-affected population).
  • Ensure that the assessment team has agreed terms of reference and identify the geographic focus of field assessment.
  • Confirm that adequate logistics and administrative planning has been done to ensure safety and effectiveness of the team.
  • Plan and identify priority information needs, and data collection methods and tools.
  • Ensure participation of the affected communities in the assessment process.
  • Collect and analyse data from a range of sources.
  • Develop clear recommendations for how CARE should respond to the emergency.
  • Document and share assessment findings within CARE and with external stakeholders