Projects North America

Introduction to Assessment Course

USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) | Mar 2009

InterWorks facilitated a five-day Introduction to Assessment workshop at the USAID North Quincy Street facility in Arlington, VA, USA from March 9-13, 2009. This workshop is the 9th such workshop facilitated by InterWorks since December 2002.

The course was designed to improve participants’ skills in assessing information about disasters and emergencies as well as in evaluating proposals submitted to USAID/OFDA for funding.

The workshop included a synthesis exercise as its capstone event to illustrate the importance of an inter-disciplinary, coordinated approach after a disaster. The exercise allowed participants to be actively engaged in the exercise to illustrate the complexities of disasters and of assessments. Teams applied technical sector standards and indicators from their FOGs and Sphere Handbooks.

Practical assessment exercise…provided opportunity for context and application of guidance provided in instruction.

– Workshop participant