Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs

Monitoring & Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs

Dates for the 2015 Monitoring & Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs course will be announced soon.
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA, USA

Course overview
This course will provide an introduction to monitoring and evaluating research for humanitarian programs. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the basic principles and methodologies for program monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on practical application.

The course will provide concrete conceptual frameworks for mixed methods use (both qualitative and quantitative) in program monitoring and evaluation. Methodological and implementation challenges as well applications in program assessment, impact, development, interventions, and overall implementation will be discussed. In addition, the course will provide an introduction to the capabilities of the new digital tools, methods and research resources for increasing quality and efficiency of data collection, access, analysis, and visualization.

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Course Objectives
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:

•Understand the principles underlying the selection of an appropriate design for program evaluation and monitoring;
•Understand how to design research tools, identify data sources and methods used to acquire information to assess program impact;
•Able to design a strategy to monitor a program and/or assess impact;
•Critically analyze both the opportunities and the limitations that emerge when working with digital technology for program monitoring and evaluation

In class project
In addition, each participant should come to the workshop with a mixed methods evaluation project idea. Specifically should start thinking about the following prior to the workshop: working title, problem, data collection involving quantitative and qualitative data, and the potential significance of the project. During the workshop, each participant will work on elements of this project and write out the elements on Powerpoint slides. The steps in the process will not reflect the typical linear development as is often seen in a research project. However, at the end of the workshop, we will array the steps in the order typically seen in a study.

Phuong Pham, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science; C0-Founder of KoboToolbox and

Intended Audience
The intended audience for this workshop of courses is NGO and UN workers, national and local government disaster preparedness planners, and other professionals involved in the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programs. To successfully participate in the course, we recommend that participants have at least a B2 English language level (CEFR) and basic prior experience with program monitoring and evaluation.

Registration Information
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