Assessing refugee situations and developing strategies are crucial in ensuring a relevant, targeted, and efficient response. Livelihoods programmes are no exception, as they also require a thorough assessment involving communities, partners, and the local government and private sector. Not only does this provide us with vital information about the current condition of the region, but the process itself contributes to better programmes through increased ownership of all involved. UNHCR Jordan developed a quality strategy using their internal resources and networks. This is a story about their experience and the lessons learnt in the process.