Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Course Overview

Humanitarian interventions often take place in conflict-affected and politically-sensitive contexts. Humanitarian actors have the ethical responsibility to ensure that their work avoids doing harm as they seek to respond to needs. Moreover, there is increasing pressure from donors that limited resources are used in programs to maximize relevance, effectiveness, efficacy, efficiency, impact and sustainability of funded programs. Accordingly, design, monitoring and evaluation (DME) have become indispensable parts of humanitarian and peacebuilding programming. This course is designed to prepare students to design, monitor and evaluate humanitarian interventions. To develop familiarity with common humanitarian tools and to consider the implications of our DME choices, this course will feature both hands-on and reflective exercises. Topics will include: needs assessments, evaluation types and designs, metrics and indicators, data collection methods and human subjects research ethics. For their final project, students will be required to produce an evaluation plan for an appropriate intervention of their choosing.


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