This tool is used for multi-stakeholder risk analysis and project planning, designed for communities in contexts where environmental factors are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. It draws on a wide range of participatory techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a process of analysis, learning, and action planning based on a community’s capacities and vulnerabilities.

The PCVA and the VRA (Vulnerability and Risk Assessment) have a few similarities. The linked blog may help you to decide which tool suits your work better. In many cases, the VRA and the PCVA complement each other and can be used together to strengthen interventions.

The PCVA Practitioners Pack provides all of the theoretical and practical information required for implementing the tool with communities, and designing and managing action plans. The following is an overview of what the pack contains.

Average time investment for using this tool

5-10 days

Who leads

Facilitator experienced in participatory methods

Who needs to be involved

Four or more facilitators required per 200 participants.

Activity 1: The PCVA tool

An overview of activities available in the practitioner's guide

Step 1: Making preparations

Drawing up the terms of reference; deciding which communities to work with; selecting the facilitation team; management, logistics, and timing.

Step 2: Collecting secondary data

Using secondary sources to provide background information

Step 3: Beginning work with the community

Understanding the community, and promoting community ownership of the PCVA process.

Step 4: Analysing hazards, the impact of climate change, vulnerability and capacity

Creating a visual representation of the community’s views on what makes them vulnerable, and how they analyse disaster risks.