This Joint Education Needs Assessment Toolkit has been developed by the Global Education Cluster to enable Education Cluster staff and partners in the field to:
- undertake preparedness planning for emergency assessments
- collectively design and conduct an education needs assessment (rapid and/or comprehensive)
- generate reliable, comprehensive and timely information needed to guide effective inter-agency education in emergencies responses
- highlight immediate, critical education issues and ensure effective coordination across education partners in an emergency.
This toolkit offers a common language, agreed-upon data to collect across education actors and recommended methods for data collection and analysis in rapid and comprehensive joint education needs assessments.
It’s appropriate to use this toolkit in sudden, rapid-onset emergencies (like floods or an outbreak of conflict), as well as slow-onset emergencies like droughts or chronic crises such as a protracted conflict. As with any set of tools, it will need to be adapted to each context.
This toolkit provides guidance for conducting joint needs assessments in the first weeks and months of an emergency. Additional assessments are typically required to develop proposals and more in-depth responses to address the education priorities identified. While the data collected through joint education needs assessments can serve as a baseline for monitoring and evaluation purposes, additional data will typically be required to more accurately measure changes that result from subsequent interventions.
This toolkit accompanies The Short Guide to Rapid Joint Education Needs Assessments. The short guide consolidates and simplifies the critical information related to needs assessment in this toolkit. It’s designed for easy reference when carrying out rapid joint education needs assessments, either as part of multi-cluster assessments or education-specific needs assessments.