Guide to Lifeline, a Tiny Tool

Lifeline is a tool that helps participants assess how the quality of their life has changed over a period and what contributed positively and negatively to that change.

Lifeline is one of the Tiny Tools developed by NGO-Impact on Development, Empowerment and Action (NGO-IDEAs). Tiny Tools are developed for communities to assess the change that happens around them. Tools facilitate structured reflection so communities can realise what change happened, come to understand what led to this change, become aware of how they can influence developments, and come to conclusions what they want to change in the short and medium term.


  • Purpose of Lifeline
  • When To Use Lifeline
  • Requirements: This Is What I Need
  • How to Do It
  • Example
  • Practical Hints
  • Alternatives/Variations
  • Some Words of Caution


Causemann, B., & Gohl, E. NGO-IDEAs, (2012). Guide to lifeline, a tiny tool (v1.3). Retrieved from website:

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