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Mapping needs

Mapping needs to estimate the existence, nature and distribution of the actual and potential need for goods and services, specifically where the need is a social need. There are multiple approaches including, epidemiological studies, surveys, the use of social indicators, socio-demographic data sets, and ‘Voices of the Poor’ projects. The Young Foundation’s Mapping Needs Project, and a parallel project in Portugal, has developed a comprehensive set of quantitative and qualitative methods. These aim to understand underlying causes – for example looking at the importance of adaptive resilience in explaining why some individuals, families and communities cope well with shocks while others do not.