InterAction offers several training materials for humanitarian and development professionals. These materials are created with input from professionals in the community – often through working groups – and come in different formats, including some e-learning courses. As new training materials are developed, they will be added to this page.
Shelter and Settlements E-Learning Course
InterAction and USAID/OFDA recently launched an online training that provides an overview of the humanitarian community’s shelter and settlements activities, and examines trends based on past experiences and how humanitarian actors can prepare to face emerging challenges. The new shelter and settlements e-learning course is structured around a series of five modules that will walk disaster and emergency relief professionals through the many challenges they might face in the field.
Gender Equality in Humanitarian Response
- Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men: Published in 2010, this online course provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response.
Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) of Beneficiaries
- SEA "101": This online course is a basic, entry-level introduction to SEA easily accessible for field-based staff.
- Management of SEA Investigations: This online course explores how to manage an investigation into an accusation of SEA.
- Workshops on addressing SEA: InterAction designed three workshops on investigating SEA accusations, managing these investigations, and creating ways for communities to give feedback to organizations. The full curricula for the workshops are available for download, including manuals and slide presentations.
Impact Evaluation Guidance Notes and Webinars
With financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes on impact evaluation, each of which is accompanied by two webinars related to the notes' contents. To access translated versions of the guidance notes, webinar recordings and presentation slides, please visit InterAction's page on this impact evaluation guidance note and webinar series.
- Introduction to Impact Evaluation: This guidance note by Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at RMIT University, provides an overview of impact evaluation, explaining why impact evaluation should be done, when and by whom. It describes different methods, approaches and designs that can be used for the different aspects of impact evaluation: clarifying values for the evaluation, developing a theory of how the intervention is understood to work, measuring or describing impacts and other important variables, explaining why impacts have occurred, synthesizing results, and reporting and supporting use.
- Linking Monitoring and Evaluation to Impact Evaluation: This guidance note, by Burt Perrin, illustrates the relationship between routine M&E and impact evaluation, indicating how both monitoring and evaluation activities can support meaningful and valid impact evaluation, and even make it possible. The note also provides guidance and ideas about the various steps involved and approaches that can be used to maximize the contribution of routine M&E to impact evaluation.
- Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation: This guidance note, by Michael Bamberger, begins by explaining what a mixed methods (MM) impact evaluation design is and what distinguishes this approach from quantitative or qualitative impact evaluation designs. It notes that a mixed methods approach can strengthen the reliability of data, validity of the findings and recommendations, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the processes through which program outcomes and impacts are achieved, and how these are affected by the context within which the program is implemented. The guidance note also highlights the potential applications and benefits of a mixed methods approach for NGOs.
- Use of Impact Evaluation Results: This guidance note by by David Bonbright, Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, highlights three themes crucial for effective utilization of evaluation results. Theme one states that use does not happen by accident. Impact evaluations are more likely to be used when uses have been anticipated and planned from the earliest stages of the evaluation, or the planning stages of the work being evaluated. Theme two concerns the operations and systems required in an organization to use impact evaluations well. Theme three suggests that findings from impact evaluations will not be used well unless and until we reform organizational culture. The note sets out directions and principles to guide the effort of eliminating disincentives and creating incentives for adopting evaluation findings, with some guiding illustrations from current practice.