RedR UK and the University of Sussex are redesigning and testing innovative methods to better understand participants’ learning and changes in behaviour following humanitarian capacity building interventions.
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.
Based on our research to date and analysis of RedR programmes, evaluation and impact data, three methodologies will be prototyped and tested:
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.
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.
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.View
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.View
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 impactView
RedR are testing the use of ongoing engagement and reflective practices methodologies to capture learning and behaviour change from participants of humanitarian capacity building interventionsView
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 impactView
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 successfulView
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