31 October to 2 November: Programming and M&E for Psychosocial Interventions

Programming and M&E for Psychosocial Interventions

Copenhagen 31 October to 2 November 2017

Today, psychosocial support is widely offered in humanitarian operations and the results are promising.

Evidence informed findings from psychosocial interventions in the aftermath of major natural disasters and in ongoing social and health care programmes indicate that early and appropriate community-based psychosocial support can reduce stress and human suffering, and speed up the recovery process.

However there are insufficient standards and criteria for determining what works, how and why in different situations and contexts. Such information and knowledge is critical for learning and for identifying best practices of high quality psychosocial programming. It is critical for continuing to build the capacity of National Societies.

The PS centre has developed a framework to ensure a systematic approach for monitoring and evaluating psychosocial programmes in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The framework was developed in order to identify and ensure best practices throughout IFRC global psychosocial (PS) programmes, contributing to quality PS interventions and strengthen advocacy for PS programmes.  The framework aims to support National Societies to design relevant M&E systems for PS programmes, to help in programme planning and development of PS strategies, and to mainstream global reporting of progress on PS programmes as they contribute to achieving the priorities of IFRC Strategy 2020.

Training objective

The training provides the knowledge and tools necessary for participants to carry out assessments, develop and adapt indicators and monitor psychosocial interventions. There will be a special focus on practicing the use of the monitoring and evaluation framework and tools developed by the PS Centre.

Subjects covered in the training are:

  • Introduction to planning and implementing PS programmes
  • Assessment
  • Data collection
  • Develop M&E plan for PS activities
  • Indicators and Means of Verification tools

Dates, deadlines and other important information:

The training takes place in Copenhagen on 31 October to 2 November 2017 from 9 to 17 all days.

Participants must be able to participate in the entire training, arriving the night before and departing from the training venue no earlier than 5 pm on the last day of training (earliest possible flight from Copenhagen at 8 pm).

If you have questions, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk

Deadline for application is 31 July 2017

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfG8tl3eIWk2ynLoocaWgH9d-h7qDQ1Em24sz5purLIZhNyzg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here:
https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/need_visa/who_needs_visa.htm

 

Target group and required qualifications

  • Knowledge of planning and designing psychosocial support interventions.
  • Knowledge about community-based psychosocial support (as a minimum on the level of the IFRC Community-based Psychosocial Support foundation training).
  • Understanding of M&E terminology, experience working with LFA’s or similar methods
  • Proficiency in English, ability to participate actively in English
  • Red Cross Red Crescent staff or volunteer
  • Good social skills, a strong interest in psychosocial support and a willingness to participate actively during the training is required.
  • The training will be conducted in English so all participants must have sufficient English skills to participate actively in the trainng.
  • Please note that priority is given to Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers. Participants from other organisations will only be considered as exceptions.

Cost

Participants must cover their own expenses for travel, accomodation and per diem, but there is not training fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training.

 Pre-reading

The required pre-reading must be completed before the start of the training, so each participant must dedicate a full day of preparation before the training.

M&E Framework – Guidance Note (Reading the whole document required)

PS Centre M&E Framework: Indicator Guide (Familiarization with the document required)

PS Centre M&E Framework: Tool box (Familiarization with the document required)

These documents will be emailed to the selected participants.

Additional suggestions for reading prior to the training (not mandatory):

Strengthening Resilience

Psychosocial interventions: A handbook

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