Facilitator’s Guide for the Basic needs-based Response Options Analysis and Planning - Version 1 (unedited), October 2017


The Facilitator’s Guide for the basic-needs based Response Options Analysis and Planning (ROAP) is a step-by-step guide comprising tools and templates to carry out a multi-sectoral response analysis and planning of response options, in a sudden-onset or chronic crisis.

The ROAP is intended as a structured decision-making process, which brings together and draws from the information generated by the Basic Needs Analysis (BNA) (as well as other needs assessments) and the analysis operational environment (see The ROAP within the Humanitarian Programme Cycle).

Being that so, the Guide is conceived to be applied hand in hand with the BNA Guidance and Toolbox, and other assessments methodologies. It is expected to assist in analysing data from different sources - including humanitarian staff’ own knowledge and experience on the sector, cash, protection matters - to come up with response decisions.

The ROAP took inspiration from the 2015 Multi-sector Response Analysis draft guidance (not publicly released) and NRC Urban Response Analysis Framework (2017). The overarching basic needs approach took inspiration from ECHO’s Basic Needs Framework for Integrated Response.

The ROAP is complementary to the Operational Guidance and Toolkit for Multipurpose Cash Grants released in 2015, although its application is wider than MPG programmes as it gives way to the selection of the most appropriate, operationally feasible and cost-efficient response options, whether they are cash based or not.


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