Needs Assessment (Online Course)


Needs Assessment (Online Course)

Develop the skills and confidence to perform and evaluate quality needs assessments to inform response efforts in humanitarian &development

Rapid needs assessment in an emergency setting can give insights and understanding about a range of factors that affect behaviours related to the emergency and about how to best support the population to reduce their vulnerability to risk.

Dedicating even just a few days to a needs assessment is important to obtain information about how households and communities perceive a potential or existing emergency, what they know and do about it, what barriers and facilitators exist to the adoption of protective behaviours, and how cultural and social dynamics influence them. Equipped with this knowledge, programme managers and field implementers can develop targeted interventions to support the success of all response efforts.

This introductory course will help participants develop the competencies needed to perform and evaluate rapid needs assessments in humanitarian and development contexts.

Through active and participatory learning, this course aims to equip participants with a solid understanding of appropriate need assessment principles and tools, as well as the ability to apply these tools in practice.

This course is composed of four live sessions, with individual and small group work assigned between each session.

What does the course cover?

  • Design and plan an effective needs assessment employing tools appropriate for the approach;
  • Analyse assessment data to effectively report on beneficiaries’ needs and capacities;
  • Analyse cross-cutting and sector specific issues that impact on needs assessments;
  • Describe the importance of using a participatory approach throughout the assessment cycle;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key skills, personal attributes and competencies required in conducting needs assessment.

Course Structure

This course is a blended learning programme comprising the following:

  • Preparatory, self-guided pre-course study (1 h)
  • 4 modules, each an online facilitated session of 3.5 hours
  • Up to 2 hours of asynchronous collaborative and/or solo work in between the facilitated sessions.

Total: 21 hours

The programme will be run over a two-week period, between 5th and 15th June 2023. Facilitated sessions will be delivered on (Mondays and Thursdays) to allow time for collaborative work and self-study. The live sessions will be hosted at 14:00 - 17:30 UK time (BST GMT+1) on:

  • Monday 5th June 2023
  • Thursday 8th June 2023
  • Monday 12th June 2023
  • Thursday 15th June 2023

Who should attend?

This course is aimed specifically at humanitarian or development professionals who are involved in managing or participate in needs assessments in the field. It will be of particular interest to anyone new to or with limited experience in needs assessments.

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR UK Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

Where is it hosted?

The live online sessions are hosted on Zoom. We recommend joining via the Zoom app. Participants may join the training via a browser, although the browser offers limited access to some of the interactive features of the training. Participants will be expected to have a stable internet connection and to actively participate in all facilitated sessions.

Participants will receive instructions on how to join the course after registration.

How much does the course cost?

  • Standard Individual - £140 (for those funding themselves)
  • Standard Organisation - £199 (for those being funded by an organisation)


Early bird rate: 10% discount is available for the first 5 participants who register and complete payment 1 month before the course starts. Once the early tickets run out, or after the 1-month deadline expires, then standard fees will automatically apply.

Fidelity scheme: Have you participated in one of RedR UK’s courses in the last 2 years? If so, you are eligible for an additional 10% discount! Please contact training@redr.org.uk to request your promo code for registration.

Local organisations: RedR UK offers special discount rates for staff funded by for local organisations in low and lower-middle income countries. These participants can register by purchasing the Standard Individual ticket.

Organisations’ group bookings: for organisations looking to book 2 or more participants onto the same course, RedR can offer flexible fee options. Please contact training@redr.org.uk for more information.

Scholarships: RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR UK Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

HPass Badge

Upon completion of the course participants will be eligible to apply for a HPass Badge, a digital indicator of achievement, and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience in the humanitarian sector. You can find more information on HPass Badges here.

Any questions? Check out our Terms and Conditions here, or contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk

RedR UK aims to ensure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs, RedR UK is committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs. Please email training@redr.org.uk at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR UK about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
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