Conduct a rapid assessment in a humanitarian assistance context

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CHCDHA411A, 'Conduct a rapid assessment in a humanitarian assistance context'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Establish a team for a rapid assessment in a humanitarian assistance context

1.1 Identify key people for conducting rapid assessment according to field requirements and organisation guidelines

1.2 Work with understanding of the application of the concepts and principles of aid effectiveness and community development

1.3 Collect secondary data in the area

1.4 Coordinate with key organisation units and line management

1.5 Form a multi-sectoral team responsible for conducting rapid assessment

1.6 Provide orientation or training on data collection to volunteers as required

2. Plan for rapid assessment

2.1 Identify objectives for the rapid assessment

2.2 Determine all sectors and all likely affected areas that need to be covered in the assessment

2.3 Identify and assess key factors, issues and constraints which may affect the conduct of rapid assessment

2.4 Identify information needs and sources of reliable data

2.5 Identify key informants for coordination, data gathering or collection

2.6 Explain objective of assessment to key informants

2.7 Identify appropriate and culturally sensitive data collection methods for the assessment

2.8 Prepare and submit the assessment plan according to organisation guidelines

3. Conduct rapid needs assessment

3.1 Identify, characterise and quantify 'populations at risk' in the disaster

3.2 Identify local environmental conditions and document likely impact of conditions in appropriate and efficient format

3.3 Gather existing and available baseline data on the relevant sector

3.4 Conduct focused group discussions, interviews and appropriate data collection tools with key informants, stakeholders and other agencies operating in the area and record data appropriately

3.5 Consult existing community social structures

3.6 Identify and document immediate and longer term needs of local community members

3.7 Conduct rapid quality checks on the collection, evaluation and dissemination of data and key findings

4. Undertake capacity assessment

4.1 Identify and assess local response capacity including organisational, medical and logistics resources

4.2 Identify skilled, semi-skilled personnel, youth and women groups and existing organisations in the community

4.3 Identify and assess capacities of all affected local communities, using culturally appropriate interview or survey techniques and other methods as required by relief or cultural context

4.4 Identify and assess vulnerabilities of local communities or individuals in appropriate and efficient format

4.5 Assess coping mechanism of affected population

5. Analyse and interpret data

5.1 Use a range of analysis tools and techniques which are appropriate to the local context and data being analysed

5.2 Confirm and validate data against existing baseline information

5.3 Assess the value of data, reliability of the source and accuracy of data

5.4 Synthesise data in a logical manner

5.5 Gather additional information as required

5.6 Conduct analysis sessions to determine key program interventions and strategies based on the information gathered

5.7 Identify risks to various populations

6. Prepare and submit report

6.1 Identify key findings of the rapid assessment

6.2 Define and prioritise the actions and resources needed to reduce immediate risks

6.3 Estimate the additional support required from national and international sources for relief and recovery

6.4 Provide recommendations regarding priority needs, further action needed, short term and long term goals

6.5 Prepare detailed plans according to interventions including general project goals, dollar amounts required and key assumptions for implementation

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCDHA411A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC42810 - Certificate IV in Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • CHC52310 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • CHC42812 - Certificate IV in Community Services (Development and or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • CHC52312 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and or Humanitarian Assistance)