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Multi-Sector Initial Rapid Assessment Guidance, Revision July 2015

IASC Inter-Agency Standing Committee, (2015)

The Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) is a joint needs assessment tool that can be used in sudden onset emergencies, including IASC System-Wide Level 3 Emergency Responses (L3 Responses).

Operational guidance on rapid risk assessment methodology

Katrin Leitmeyer; Dilys Morgan, Hilary Kirkbride and Bengü Said, Eds.: European Centre for Disases Prevention and Control ECDC, (2011)

ECDC Technical Document

Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS): A User's Guide

Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance, (2015)

The NACS User’s Guide is a series of modules that provide program managers and implementers with a package of essential information and resources. These modules are living documents and will be updated as appropriate when new evidence, guidelines, or field experience emerges. Additional modules are slated to be released on such topics as nutrition support, monitoring and reporting, tools, and service implementation. Readers are invited to submit comments and suggestions for improving or updating the guidance.

Independent Whole of System Review of Protection in the Context of Humanitarian Action

Norah Niland and Riccardo Polastro (co-team leaders), Antonio Donini and Amra Lee., Eds.: Norwegian Refugee Council on behalf of the Inter Agency Standing Committee and the Global Protection Cluster, (2015)

Ebola Needs Analysis Project (ENAP): Sierra Leone Multi-Sector Assessment Reports (April 2015)

Assessment Capacities Project, (2015)

The number of new Ebola infections in Sierra Leone is declining, despite the outbreak continuing to claim lives. New cases have dropped to around 9-12 per week, according to recent WHO figures. There were over 500 cases per week at the height of the crisis around late November 2014. The impact on the lives of the thousands of people directly affected by the disease has been devastating. It has caused substantial suffering to many others, leaving the population very vulnerable.

Humanitarian Needs Assessment: The Good Enough Guide

Currion, P., Eds.: The Assessment Capacities Project and Emergency Capacity Building Project, (2014)

Needs assessment is essential for programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, and accountability, however needs assessment is still a critical weakness of humanitarian response. Organisations need to improve how they do assessments. The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) and the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB) have produced this guide to fill the gap that existed for a practical resource that pulls together the main lessons learned from various initiatives and experiences.

Youth-Friendly Services - A Manual for Service Providers

EngenderHealth, (2002)

All young people, including those with special needs and from the most vulnerable groups, have the right to quality health care services. Unfortunately, this right is not a reality, particularly in the case of sexual and reproductive health services. Many youth in need of sexual and reproductive health care may either decline or be denied access to health services for a variety of reasons: Providers are often biased and do not feel comfortable serving youth who are sexually active; youth do not feel comfortable accessing existing services because they are not "youth-friendly" and may not meet their needs; and, often, community members do not feel that youth should have access to sexual and reproductive health services. To address provider and site bias toward serving youth, EngenderHealth created a training curriculum intended to sensitize all staff at a health care facility on the provision of youth-friendly services. The curriculum was created as a result of the participatory work that we have been doing with youth in Nepal to address the needs of all levels of providers at different service-delivery settings. The curriculum has been field-tested and used in Nepal, Russia, Mongolia, and the United States. Youth-Friendly Services allows staff to reflect upon and assess their own beliefs about adolescent sexuality while ensuring that those values and attitudes do not compromise the basic sexual and reproductive health rights to which youth are entitled. The curriculum also helps providers understand cross-cultural principles of adolescent development and health needs specific to youth. Once participant knowledge, attitudes, and skills are improved, sites conduct a self-assessment on the youth-friendliness of their services and create an action plan for specific improvements.

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