A model terms of reference for an assessment coordinator to be adapted
Template ToR for an Assessment Working Group
An offline assessment registry to register available assessment reports to improve coordination amongst partners. If available and appropriate, use online versions (hr.info or data portal) instead.


An analytical framework helps to keep track of which data should be collected and how to transform this data into actionable analysis. The framework organizes all information needs and visualizes the relationship between key concepts. The proposed framework aims to guide data collation, collection and analysis and can assist in the identification of information gaps in both primary and secondary analysis.
Template for data analysis plan. The plan operationalizes the analytical framework by detailing the required indicators and possible data sources.
Populated Data Analysis Plan (Protection concerns)
The NARE is principally designed to assist UNHCR operations with initial multi-sectoral needs assessments when there has been a significant sudden forced displacement of populations across borders. The NARE checklist highlights information that is derived from pre-crisis and post crisis secondary data analysis, before primary data begins.
A tool supporting prioritisation process (outlined in guidance for Analytical Framework)
Template to outline needs assessment details such as purpose, scope and methodology.
Provides a structured approach to the Needs assessment for refugee emergencies checklist (NARE) through a pre-established analytical framework. This tool can take the place of the analysis plan or be used as a consolidating template for multiple analysis plans being used in one operation.


A reporting template for an initial situation analysis providing a common operational picture.
A reporting template for an in-depth desk review consolidating secondary data providing an analysis and a basis for further primary data collection.
A review of secondary data is sometimes seen as a difficult and unwieldy exercise. However, it doesn’t have to be. This guidance in this toolkit gives some practical advice on how to undertake a systematic secondary data review. It is recommended to use the DEEP (see the Coordination / Planning > Tools and templates section of this toolkit to learn more), but if DEEP is not an option, and a simple excel sheet is preferred, this file can serve as a basic SDR template.
Checklist of topics to review during a protection focused secondary data review.
This tool has been developed by the Child Protection Working Group as a guide and generic template for development of a desk review.

Data collection

This Guidance describes how to use the Quick Assessment Design tool to obtain an overview of the needs and conditions of refugees in communal settlements and their host communities. Part I provides a general introduction to the tool and is particularly relevant for those responsible for initiating, facilitating or supporting a joint assessment. Part II is aimed at staff involved in the practicalities of adapting and employing tools for data collection. Familiarity with XLS forms is required. Part III provides guidance on the analysis and dissemination steps, including sharing data with partners and disseminating the assessment results to the community concerned. Please note this Guidance is an explanation of the Needs Assessment tool, not a comprehensive guidance on how to undertake an assessment.
The Quick Assessment Design Tool and correlating Guidance is a step by step approach for UNHCR and partners to develop a standard questionnaire (Kobo form) and the correlating data collection plan. The Guidance (see "Needs Assessment Guidance") Part I - provides a general introduction to the tool and is particularly relevant for colleagues responsible for initiating, facilitating or supporting a joint assessment. Part II - is aimed at staff involved in the practicalities of adapting and employing tools for data collection.
A model Terms of Reference for for team leader for data collection to be adapted
A template supporting contractual arrangement with a CoC for data collectors.
A model Terms of Reference for for field data collectors to be adapted

Sector / Situation Specific Standardized tool

A method for assessing perceived needs in representative samples of populations affected by large-scale humanitarian emergencies.
Menu of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) related questions for multi-sector needs assessments.
A practical, specific ‘how-to’ guide on the participatory assessment process with adolescents and children
Provides guidance for understanding the nutritional situation of refugees and assists in identifying response strategies
Guidance and tools on how to undertake a joint education needs assessment in an emergency.
A livelihoods-based framework designed to assess and analyse the inside workings of household economies.
Provides a checklist for assessment of the situation of the environment ad assists decision-makers in prioritizing activities and planning in relation to environmental impacts
Provides guidance and tools for a Rapid Protection Assessment (RPA) during the first two to three weeks of an emergency
Outlines a series of steps to follow for conducting a participatory assessment with refugees or other persons of concern to ensure that women and men of all ages and backgrounds are given the opportunity to identify and voice their own protection risks, priorities, and solutions.
The MIRA is an inter-agency process enabling actors to reach, from the outset, a common understanding of the situation and its likely evolution for joint response planning and resource mobilisation.
Comprises of a series of jointly implemented activities include secondary data collection and review, primary data collection through in-depth assessments and field visits (missions), analysis of data and development of recommendations, reporting, and the development of a Joint Plan of Action (JPA).
Outlines actions to assess how to enhance communication with an damong affected communities.
Enhances UNHCR's effectiveness in identifying refugees at risk by linking community-based / participatory assessments with individual assessment methodologies.
This guide contains samples of GBV Assessment tools that have been developed, used, and revised in field sites over time. At present, there is no single assessment tool that is most recommended for humanitarian settings.
The CPRA Toolkit provides all the information you need to conduct a CPRA over a five-week timeframe including guidelines, sample tools and data management tool

Situation monitoring

Web application that combines streams of information informed by sector specific tools


Viualises and simplifies the steps of analysis


Supports the development of a dissemination plan with a guiding template.
Template, to be adapted, that support the drafting of a final assessment report to ensure key sections and topics are covered