Humanitarian Health Action

Operational guidance for coordinated assessments in humanitarian crises

Experience has shown that there are significant benefits to coordinating needs assessments and that doing so can help save more lives and restore more people’s livelihoods. Along with emergency preparedness, the timeliness and quality of assessments help determine an effective humanitarian response. The Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) developed this guidance through a collaborative and consultative process, including consultations with UN agencies, other international organizations, NGOs and donors, at the global, regional and national levels. The guidance has been developed within the accountability framework enerated by the humanitarian reform, and is fully in line with the coordination structures introduced through the cluster approach.