Rapid Needs Assessment with Hand Held Devices

Topic: 
Assessment & Evaluation
Format: 
Online Course
Time: 
45 minutes
Level: 
Introductory
University: 
Columbia University
PERLC: 
Columbia Regional Learning Center

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Description: 

A discussion on the challenges of rapid field response after large scale disasters, and the solution offered by using mobile GIS hand-held devices for data collection in a rapid needs assessment. Several case study examples in which hand-held devices have been used are provided, as well as an evolving list of other potential uses of mobile GIS hand-held devices for public health emergency preparedness and response.

Learning Objectives: 
  • List 3 problems with traditional data collection methods
  • Describe 3 ways that usage of mobile GIS hand-held devices can increase the speed of rapid needs assessment
  • List 3 potential uses for mobile GIS hand-held devices beyond rapid needs assessments
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Community Recovery