Needs Assessments in Emergencies: A Curriculum Open Access

Wood, Moira Ellen (2017)

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Needs Assessments in Emergencies

A Curriculum

Needs Assessments in Emergencies are one of the most crucial components of an Emergency response. It is an assessment that collects baseline data about the needs of communities affected by disaster. That data provide the information necessary to mount an evidenced-based response and cater programs to deliver the life-sustaining assistance that the affected population needs. Currently, there is a gap in the field of humanitarian response personnel trained in Needs Assessments. This curriculum would help to fill this gap by educating students in the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate program at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As it is, not offering a course in Needs Assessment in Emergencies is a huge hole in the Certificates curriculum, and offering one would provide a more comprehensive program. This Special Studies Project of a Curriculum for a Needs Assessment in Emergencies course hopes to help the Certificate program become more holistic in its offerings, as well as increase the capacity of the humanitarian response work force.

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MOIRA E. WOOD

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

PREFACE

List of Acronyms.......................................................................................................... Page i

Term Definitions......................................................................................................... Page ii

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

Problem Statement...................................................................................................... Page 2

Purpose Statement...................................................................................................... Page 2

Objectives.................................................................................................................... Page 3

Significance................................................................................................................. Page 3

CHAPTER 2: Review of the Literature

Defining Needs Assessments in Emergencies............................................................. Page 4

Clarifying Types of Assessments................................................................................. Page 5

Coordinated Needs Assessments.................................................................... Page 5

Rapid Needs Assessments............................................................................... Page 7

Informing Decisions................................................................................................... Page 8

Funding........................................................................................................... Page 8

Severity.......................................................................................................... Page 10

Programming............................................................................................... Page 11

Best Practice............................................................................................................. Page 11

A Complicated Lexicon............................................................................................. Page 13

Major Challenges and Potential Solutions................................................................ Page 14

Real World Applications........................................................................................... Page 17

Limitations................................................................................................................ Page 18

Gaps in the Literature................................................................................... Page 18

Conclusion................................................................................................................ Page 20

CAPTER 3: Methods

Pedagogy.................................................................................................................. Page 21

CHPATER 4: Curriculum

Syllabus..................................................................................................................... Page 23

Course Content......................................................................................................... Page 31

ANNEXES

Annex I: Presentation................................................................................................ Page 35

Introduction to Needs Assessments............................................................... Page 36

Annex II: Tests.......................................................................................................... Page 41

Day 1 Quiz: Questions................................................................................. Page 42

Day 1 Quiz: Key........................................................................................... Page 44

Day 2 Quiz: Questions................................................................................. Page 47

Day 2 Quiz: Key........................................................................................... Page 49

Final Exam: Questions................................................................................. Page 51

Final Exam: Key........................................................................................... Page 56

Annex III: Case Study............................................................................................... Page 63

Case Study: Student Version......................................................................... Page 64

Case Study: Facilitator's Guide.................................................................... Page 76

Annex IV: Annotated Bibliography of Key Sources................................................... Page 91


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