AUTHOR: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course, Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), training course, handbook, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF documents (training guide: 116 pages, toolbox: 182 pages)

LANGUAGES: Training guide: English, Toolbox: English, Spanish, French

WEB LINK: (IFRC) (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this training guide is to provide VCA facilitators with the necessary tools to train those who will be implementing the actual VCA. It is designed to enable volunteers with little or no experience of community-based participatory information- gathering to complete a successful VCA, under supervision.

The guide includes instructions and suggestions to help volunteers understand:

  • The overall purpose of VCA;
  • Relevant terminology and concepts;
  • Means of working more effectively with communities;
  • Various information-gathering tools and techniques (i.e. group facilitation, accurate data recording, etc.)
  • Different methods for systematizing and analyzing data”

“The toolbox looks at different participatory investigative tools that can be used by National Society staff and volunteers to accomplish a successful VCA. It provides a detailed explanation on how to undertake the research part of a VCA. It will help you to choose the right tools to suit your purpose and describes when and how to use them and what to do with the information collected.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.”

INTENDED USER: IFRC staff and volunteers

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