Education in Crisis

Founded: 2017
Status: Completed Program, 2021


The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) program Education in Crisis seeks to advance the science of education in conflict through innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research. Our team works to bridge educational capacity into sustainability, during and after crises.

Primary research interests of the program include:

  • Access to education for displaced persons
  • Student data mobility 
  • Health Education in crisis
  • Emergency Medicine in conflict and post conflict settings

Featured Project

Needs Assessment Toolkit

Conflicts disrupt both access to medical care for affected populations as well as the health education systems that train health care providers. The Education in Crisis team collected needs assessment data in countries that have maintained health education systems through past crises, to design strategies for maintaining health education during conflict and to rebuild health education systems once crises have stabilized. The team built an open-source toolkit, hosted on Kobo Toolbox, that medical or nursing education stakeholders may use to carry out comprehensive needs assessments during and after a conflict.