Training Agency: Evidence Aid
Registration deadline: 19 Nov 2018
Training date: 28 Nov 2018 to 29 Nov 2018 —
Evaluating complex humanitarian interventions – utilising evidence-based approaches 2-day Evidence Aid course, 9.00am – 5.00pm both days. Cost: $550* incl GST, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November 2018
Course Outline: Humanitarian interventions are invariably complex and this course will aim to teach how to utilise evidence-based approaches to evaluate them. Through 8 sessions (see details below), the course, run by Professor Paul Montgomery, will equip participants with up-to-date research and best practices in evaluation skills and how these can be applied to the humanitarian and non-profit sectors. This includes covering aspects on question formulation, use of systematic reviewing, study designs (including randomised controlled trials), implementation and how to develop theories of change. Given the nature of most humanitarian interventions, it is challenging to establish with certainty what interventions ‘work’ and how to optimise existing practices. This course will teach participants how to work with ‘complexity’ and what aspects to consider when developing or appraising humanitarian interventions. Session 1 will introduce the concept of evidence-based practice and systematic reviewing with a focus on interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Session 2 will address how to conduct and evaluate evaluations with high quality studies. Session 3 will cover and discuss the practical and ethical issues of evaluating different types of humanitarian interventions. Session 4 will elaborate on what tools and practices can be applied to measure the impact of interventions in complex settings- a focus on ‘how-to’. Session 5 and 6 will discuss the concept of ‘complexity’ and demonstrate how complex interventions can be meaningfully investigated by developing ‘theories of change’. In session 7, the issue of implementation and context will be addressed with a focus on how to balance programme fidelity with local adaptation. Last, session 8 will elaborate on different types of trial (e.g. realist, pragmatic) and cover alternative methods.
Standard fee is $275 for the one day program (see website for one-day course), $550 for the 2 day program, or $750 for all 3 days. WADEM Oceania Chapter members or full-time students: $220 for the one day program, $440 for the 2 day program, or $600 for all 3 days.