Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs Workshop

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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.

Classes will be held in English. To successfully participate in the course, we recommend that participants have at least a B2 English language level (CEFR).

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;
  • 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

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.

Select Topics covered in 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
  • Humanitarian and Measurement Concepts
  • Selecting and Measuring Indicators
  • Minimizing Error and Bias
  • Sampling
  • Introduction to Digital Research and Assessment Methods


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.

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.

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.

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