In the new document the CMN published, How to conduct community assessment, you will find the following information:
What is a community assessment? It is a research and learning process which leads to an understanding of the community dynamics, which may influence and/or have an impact on CMAM program access and uptake. It involves the collection and analysis of data, including but not limited to the demographic and socio-cultural profile, social organization and communication channels, key community actors, local understanding of malnutrition, local perceptions of a CMAM program and any existing community engagement strategies. Once completed, the community assessment should drive the elaboration of community engagement activities, instantly applying research and learning into programmatic planning.
How to prepare a qualitative sampling frame? Data collection needs multiple sources such as local leaders or health centre personnel for the purpose of triangulation. The aim is to have the largest possible variety of sources to achieve the highest representativeness. For that, different data collection tools can be used: group discussions, semi-structured interviews, mapping, etc. Moreover in this document you will find guidances to help you to develop interview guides.