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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct a basic community needs assessment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260697  Conduct a basic community needs assessment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to conduct a basic a community needs assessment project. This will include contacting individual members in a community without the direct support of a senior practitioner. The learner will also be able to interview individuals from the community, collect relevant information and present it to a senior practitioner. This competence will enable the learner to set up a community committee and will contribute towards effective communication within a community.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the reasons for conducting a community needs assessment.
  • Demonstrating and explaining the different documents required to conduct a community needs assessment.
  • Explaining the steps for interviewing individuals and households in a community.
  • Interviewing individuals and collecting information of a community.
  • Presenting data to a senior practitioner. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 1, ABET Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1, ABET Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    At NQF Level 2, the assessment forms used are restricted to simple quantitative and qualitative methods and participation in surveys, appraisals, interviews, community consultations, census processes and basic documentary research. The following requirements apply:
  • Interview and collection skills are demonstrated in a group context e.g. community meeting, structured learning programme, or in a meeting with donors or state resource providers.
  • Relevant data should be collected from outside and inside the community.
  • The supervisor will assist the learner by limiting the scope of the project. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the reasons for conducting a community needs assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Purposes for conducting needs assessments are explained and described in relation to case studies from own work context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Purposes and reasons are restricted to the scope of practice of the health care worker.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits and uses of a community needs assessment to a community are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate and explain the different documents required to conduct a community needs assessment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Different documents required are restricted to examples selected from surveys, appraisals, interviews, community consultations, census processes and basic documentary research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons for using different needs assessment documents are described and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The steps to complete different forms are practically demonstrated through actual completion. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the steps for interviewing individuals and households in a community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Interviewing steps are described and explained with examples and in reference to previous interviews that were observed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key individuals within the community are described in terms of their community roles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All relevant interactions with individuals, households and stakeholders are identified and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Interview individuals and collect information in a community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An Interview is conducted and data is collected in a practical manner in accordance with the prescribed instructions of each form. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data are collated and and prepared in accordance with the prescribed instructions of the development task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Deductions which fall within the scope of practice of the health care worker are made and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant reports are drafted for use within a broader community needs assessment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Present data to a senior practitioner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data are presented through explanation and description to a senior practitioner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report on experiences gained in carrying out the task is presented according to reporting procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Community dynamics and community development processes.
  • Facilitating group processes and consensus making.
  • The purpose, methods and application of the research tools.
  • Background information in this context includes knowledge about the functioning of the community e.g. its social structure, key stakeholders, cultural issues, and sources of community information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to effectively conduct community needs assessments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, or organisation to ensure that you gather all the relevant information for a community needs assessment is gathered. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure that data collection methods are organised, interviews timeously scheduled and overall report submitted within given timeframe. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to community needs assessment data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to engage with others and communicate effectively in conducting needs assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to others by enhancing data collection and communications in conducting needs assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that conducting community needs assessments do not exist in isolation and that various factors will affect this including socio-political, community and economic factors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by effectively applying needs assessment data collection tools and collation to effectively determine and ultimately meet the health needs of the community. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Credit Justification:

    Activity Hours; Hours; Credits:
  • Classroom Learning; 50 Hours; 5 Credits.
  • On the job learning site visits, and clinical accompaniment; 50 Hours; 5 Credits.
  • Self Directed learning; 10 Hours; 1 Credit.
  • Coaching required; 10 Hours; 1 Credit.

    Total = 120 Hours; 12 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64749   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Philani Training and Development Solutions NPC 



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