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Monday, September 14 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Community Needs Assessment

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Needs assessments have been commonly used in international development and aid work for many years, and can help to give implementers a clearer picture of the overlapping and complex reality in which they’re working. Ways of working which are based on needs, rather than by the services an organization has been used to offering, are increasingly recognized as a better way to involve communities in design and ensure that the work is targeting the most important areas.

This workshop will look at needs assessment and project design methodologies through the lens of a communications and information needs assessment - a crucial aspect of any project or service. For a complete look at the program cycle, from design to evaluation, this session can optionally be paired with the Impact Evaluation workshop on Tuesday.

Desired Outcomes
Understand how to design, plan and carry out a community needs assessment, so that your organization can see how its work fits into broader needs and challenges, and service users have the chance to influence your activities.

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Kelly Church

Credit Project Director, Social Impact Lab
Kelly Church is the Credit Project Director at SIMLab, where she heads mobile value transfer projects in last mile communities around the world. She works with NGOs, small and medium sized enterprises, governments, development agencies and software providers to identify solutions that enable unbanked populations with cashless transactions over locally available, mobile technologies. The Credit team is currently implementing a multi-year... Read More →
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Laura Walker McDonald

CEO, Social Impact Lab (SIMLab)
As the Chief Executive Officer of Social Impact Lab, Laura supports people and organizations around the world to use inclusive technologies to make systems and services more accessible, responsive, and resilient. Drawing on her expertise in humanitarian aid, human rights law and international development, she brings a cross-disciplinary approach to communications, innovation and information management. Before coming to SIMLab, Laura worked for... Read More →

Monday September 14, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
3 - Mountain Room

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