Opportunity International developed the Holistic Community Assessment approach to capture the day-to-day realities of the people we serve through a simple and affordable, yet rich technique based on listening to and scoring stories—providing a valuable snapshot into individuals' lives across both physical and spiritual dimensions.
Opportunity has seen firsthand how insights produced from this approach can optimize interventions for deeper transformation. And now, we are excited to share this methodology with other mission-guided organizations!
The Introductory Brochure
The introductory brochure guides the reader through the four steps of the HCA approach (Listen, Score, Interpret, Mobilize), offering examples from Opportunity’s own research.
The User's Guide
The user’s guide offers more in-depth guidance for organizations seeking to implement HCA, with helpful tips on everything from conducting a successful interview to the best strategies for circulating and implementing recommendations from the research. The user’s guide also includes the HCA tool itself and comes with an Excel template for data entry.
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