As most development efforts rely heavily on targeting and addressing needs of communities, CBOs and beneficiaries; assessments and needs identification are key components of the Unit's work. Needs assessments and identification are conducted regularly prior to any training sessions and programmatic intervention in the local community, and the Unit has created forms and tools for this purpose.
The most recent of the Unit’s assessment efforts was a socio-economic one, which was conducted to assess ten poverty pockets across the Kingdom. This task included a survey of 2295 individuals, focus groups and one-on-one interviews, and involved government and municipality counterparts.
This assignment was conducted in March 2011 for the Empowering Poverty Pockets Areas Program, implemented by the Community Empowerment Program at JRF and funded by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC).