When disasters strike, older people are frequently neglected, with humanitarian agencies not taking into account or addressing their specific needs.
How can RAM-OP help?
The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is a solution to identify and fill these data gaps. It is a simple, practical, low-cost tool that allows humanitarian and development workers to obtain valuable information on older people needs through a house-to-house survey, which can be used to support programme design. It covers health and nutrition, water and sanitation, income and disabilities.
RAM-OP is a robust, reliable, and user-friendly way of assessing the needs of older people both in humanitarian crisis (especially where there is no internet access) and development contexts. The modular structure of RAM-OP allows for adaptation, allowing it to be exhaustive or limited to essential indicators, depending on the survey needs.
Developed by HelpAge International in collaboration with Valid International and Brixton Health, and with funding from Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the method is quick because it requires a sample size of just 192 (regardless of the size of the population to survey) and the process can be achieved in just two weeks, including training, and data collection, entry and analysis.
Research has found that RAM-OP is as precise as existing survey tools, but cheaper, quicker to implement, and encompassing a wider range of indicators.
The tool is designed to be used by governments, UN agencies, and national and international NGOs.