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Practice Brief: Communicating with Communities during the First Six Weeks of an Emergency Response


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Resource type:Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Keywords:Accountability, Accountability and Participation, Communications, media & information, Evaluation-related, Feedback mechanisms, Participation, Response and recovery
Agency:CDAC Network - Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network
Date published:October 2014

This guidance has been developed to describe the essential CwC elements required during the first six weeks of a response and has been drawn from lessons captured from across the CDAC Network, and wider, through field-level deployments, learning reviews, Member and stakeholder consultations and secondary data reviews. The identified essential CwC elements have been designed to address common gaps and challenges at field level and build on identified good practice.

The guidance is suitable for multiple purposes, as a preparedness or response planning tool (informing key activities, processes and resourcing), a progress monitoring tool (used periodically throughout the response to identify change and inform further planning and decision making), a real-time analysis tool, to identify CwC needs and good practice, and as an evaluation tool, to support after action and evaluative processes and generate learning.

This guidance is a pilot and is being field tested, before a final revision.

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