Notes for introduction to EHA training materials by moti


									Trainer tips

     In running an EHA training, there is real value in bringing together evaluators, managers/
      commissioners of evaluations and users of evaluations. The different perspectives and
      experience that each brings enriches the training and enhances the learning
      opportunities amongst participants. (However, it would still be feasible to use these
      training materials for a course targeted at any one of those different roles).
     With 2 facilitators a group can contain up to 25 participants – to permit the course to be
      as interactive as possible, this number should not be exceeded.
     The training programme is designed to be interactive and experiential. Asking
      participants to bring their own case studies to the course provides a very valuable
      opportunity for participants to apply their learning directly and immediately to a ‘real life’
      situation. It is also an opportunity for the trainers to select from the proffered case studies
      to ensure a range of different contexts e.g. natural disaster vs conflict related, multi-
      agency vs single agency, UN vs NGO vs donor government. A specimen letter inviting
      participants to bring case studies can be found on the next page.
     The structure for this 3-day training programme is based on four 1 hour 40 minute
      sessions per day. During the final session of each day, participants work in small groups
      on the selected case studies.
     It is important to build in ‘closure’ time at the end of the course, for the course evaluation
      but also to give participants space to reflect on how they are going to use the course
      materials and learning they have gained.
              Letter of invitation to course participants

Dear course participants

There will be an opportunity during the training course to work on four or five case studies
provided by participants. So we would like to invite you to bring with you a case study of a
humanitarian project or programme that you expect to be evaluating in the coming year (whatever
your role - as manager, evaluator, or as potential user of the evaluation). Course participants will
be divided into four or five working groups, essentially to plan and prepare for the evaluation of
these case studies, so it could be a great opportunity to do a lot of the thinking and preparation
for a forthcoming evaluation whilst you are on the training programme, with the help of the other
course participants!

Bringing your own case study means preparing a short one-page brief of the project/ programme
to be evaluated, according to the following headings:

       Summary of the humanitarian crisis (e.g. nature of the crisis, duration, principal groups
        affected and how)
       Briefing on the project/ programme to be evaluated (e.g. how and when it started, target
        group of beneficiaries, principal activities, funding amounts and sources, principal
        challenges, any changes that have been made, staffing and management structure)
       How the project/ programme to be evaluated relates to the wider international
        humanitarian response to this crisis
       Why an evaluation is being considered now (to include any history of previous
        evaluations of this project/ programme), and by whom?

This can be written up in bullet point or note form.

On Day 1 of the training course we will select 4 or 5 case studies from all those offered by
participants, for some of the working group sessions during the 3 days. If you do plan to bring a
case study with you, we'd be very grateful if you could let us know, with a very brief description of
the scope of the project/ programme to be evaluated.

Training Facilitators

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