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What is the humanitarian need?

Effective ways to evaluate capacity building interventions is an ongoing challenge for training providers. For humanitarians, the question of defining results is also key. RedR hosted a Training Providers Forum meeting on this topic in 2015, attended by INTRAC, Mango, Bioforce, People in Aid, Bond, IECAH, Groupe URD, Save the Children and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. The challenges identified, including the difficulty and necessary investments in assessing impact beyond Kirkpatrick’s level 1, remain true. A summary of the meeting, prepared by INTRAC, states “the further along the results chain we attempt to go…the more time consuming, expensive and unreliable the results become” (Haddock, 2005). This work will contribute new ways to address these challenges.

What is the innovative solution?

Based on our research to date and analysis of RedR programmes, evaluation and impact data, three methodologies will be prototyped and tested:

  1. Role play/simulations with video capture at the beginning and end of training to enable the comparison of knowledge/skills before and after the training.
  2. Reflective practices using diaries and coaching sessions to understand how participants are applying their learning.
  3. Ongoing engagement with participants following the learning intervention to enable in-depth case studies at a later date.

What are the expected outcomes?

Prototypes of each methodology will be produced, tested and then refined based on user feedback. The innovative impact assessment methods will enable RedR to better and more efficiently evaluate its training interventions.  Outcomes will be improved in 2 ways.

  1. Improvements in learning, behaviour change and results will be more likely, as methodologies which promote these changes are identified and increased in programme design.
  2. Incorporation of level 2 and 3 evaluation into capacity building interventions will increase our ability to assess these changes in a cost-effective way, supporting internal learning, ongoing improvement mechanisms and the reporting of more reliable information back to stakeholders.

Once successfully implemented at RedR, the innovations will be shared with our network, enabling others to better assess level 2 and 3 impacts of their interventions.

Related Resources

Report Capacity Development

Final Report: Innovative Impact Assessment in Humanitarian Training

Latest Updates

Reflecting on the innovative impact assessment project

18 Jul 2018

With their ESI project now completed, RedR share which methodologies showed evidence of learning and behaviour change in humanitarian capacity building, and which were less successful


Using Video Capture: Second and Third Pilots

02 Mar 2018

RedR and Sussex University share some findings from the second and third pilots researchers carried out to test their prototype of using video capture of in-class exercises to better assess training impact


Ongoing Engagement and Reflective Practices

11 Apr 2018

RedR are testing the use of ongoing engagement and reflective practices methodologies to capture learning and behaviour change from participants of humanitarian capacity building interventions


First Pilot of Video Capture Completed Successfully

14 Dec 2017

RedR and University of Sussex share some insights from their first pilot to test their prototype of using video recording of in-class exercises to better assess training impact


Prototyping Impact Assessment Methodologies in Humanitarian Training

12 Oct 2017

RedR and Sussex University explain their process of designing the prototype for an innovative methodology to better assess the impact of humanitarian training, with a focus on video recording in-class exercises.


Innovative Impact Assessment in Humanitarian Training

25 Jul 2017

RedR introduce us to their project, through which they will be further exploring three types of methodology: 1. role playing/simulation and their video capture, 2. reflective practices, 3. ongoing engagement.



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