Module 5: Post-Emergency Assessment and Sharing of Lessons Learned
Evaluation is a tool for measuring response efforts in a community and providing information on what works, what does not, and where to make improvements. Careful evaluation and assessment in all phases of the preparedness cycle help ensure that approaches are achieving their intended goal and improving community resilience. In the planning stage, assessments lead to improved responses and more effective resource allocation. In the response stage, lessons learned from previous disasters can be applied to improve response approaches. The recovery stage relies on assessments of previous disasters and the current emergency to meet the needs of the community and, ultimately, increase resilience.
This module provides methods and considerations for assessing the impact of the emergency or disaster, with the goal of improving preparedness and resilience.
For a detailed overview of program evaluation, see Evaluating Rural Programs in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.