Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs Workshop

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

COVID-19 Update: 2020 Workshop Cancelled

Due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Harvard University has cancelled the Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs Workshop scheduled for June 1 - 5, 2020 in Cambridge, MA.

The workshop will be held again in summer of 2021.

We wish you all health and safety in these challenging times.


The 2020 Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs Workshop will be held from Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 5 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. 

Please note it is best to complete registration in one session. Please see course fees below and have your payment details ready.

For Registered Participants: Please consult your course Canvas page for a checklist to complete before the workshop begins and further information. You should receive an invitation from Canvas at least a month before the workshop.

About the Workshop

The HHI M&E for Humanitarian Programs Workshop provides an overview of the basic principles and methodologies for program monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on practical application for humanitarian researchers and practitioners.

The course will provide conceptual frameworks for mixed methods use (both qualitative and quantitative) in program monitoring and evaluation. Methodological and implementation challenges and 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 digital tools and research resources for increasing quality and efficiency of data collection, access, analysis, and visualization.

In-Class Project

Participants should come to the workshop with a mixed methods evaluation project idea. Think 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, participants will choose ideas and work on them in groups as concepts are introduced, with a final presentation at the end.

Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

For more information and answers to your questions, including payment and cancellation policies, please see a page of frequently asked questions and policies for the course.

Course Fee

Standard Registration Rate: $2050 (Early Registration Rate of $1900 available until March 15)

Course fees will cover the workshop, light breakfast, lunch and course materials. Formal confirmation of enrollment will be sent upon receipt of course fees and review of requested registration materials. Please note that registration is not completed and your spot in the workshop is not guaranteed until full payment of the course fee has been received. See FAQ page about payment policies. This workshop is a self-funded program and all participants are required to pay a registration fee. At this time scholarships are not available. Please note that accommodations and travel are not included in the course fee.


Phuong Pham, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health and Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School.. Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Co-Founder of KoboToolbox and

Vandana Sharma, MD, MPH, Director, Evaluation of the Disasters and Emergency Preparedness Program (DEPP), Harvard School of Public Health; Research consultant, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Patrick Vinck, MD, MPH, Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Co-Founder of KoboToolbox,, and DataPop Alliance. 

Basic Syllabus

Please note the following may be finalized differently in 2020. Final syllabi will be released on Canvas before the course.

  • Introduction to Multi-level Mixed Method Evaluations
  • Theory of Change, Log Frame and Program Monitoring
  • Program Monitoring
  • Introduction to Impact Evaluation / Comparison of Evaluation Designs
  • Impact Evaluations: Randomized Impact Evaluations
  • Humanitarian and Measurement Concepts
  • Selecting and Measuring Indicators
  • Minimizing Error and Bias
  • Sampling
  • Analysis and Threats
  • Introduction to Digital Research and Assessment Methods
  • Ethical Issues
  • Practical Issues in Data collection

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

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.

Contact Us

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