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Putting what has been learned about evaluating humanitarian programmes in Haiti into practice

Since 2012, Groupe URD’s Haiti Observatory has conducted six training sessions on Evaluating the Quality of Humanitarian Action involving more than 100 representatives of different organisations (ministries and universities, national and international NGOs, national organisations, etc.). These courses have been an opportunity to look at different approaches, reference frameworks, methodologies and techniques in relation to evaluation. As the number of people trained in evaluation increases (who will eventually make up a pool of Haitian evaluators), it is easier and easier to include Haitian consultants in the evaluations that we or other organizations carry out. We also provide them with support in preparing technical responses to terms of reference.

In doing so, we aim to help participants to put into practice what they have learned and reinforce national capacity. In addition, we want to ensure that the people who have taken part in our training courses carry out evaluations in keeping with our quality standards.

It is in this spirit that a female evaluator, who teaches at the State University of Port-au-Prince and who has done one of our courses on Evaluating Quality in Humanitarian Action, will be part of the Groupe URD evaluation team for the ex-post evaluation of a project implemented by the German and Austrian Red Cross societies in the areas of Léogane and Gressier at the end of September.

Also in connection with our activities to reinforce local capacity, the Observatory is aiming to work with some ministries with a view to providing them with specific support and personalized training.

See the video presenting feedback from former participants at the evaluation training course: