IPDET 2024 workshop: Evaluating Humanitarian Action: Steps, Challenges, and Real-time Learning


Application Deadlines

The application for the IPDET 2024 On-Site program is possible from February 1 until June 7, 2024.

Evaluations of humanitarian action are more relevant than ever in a world where we are seeing crisis upon crisis and a strong call from both development and humanitarian actors for accountability and learning to be at the core of what we do. The sector needs more evaluators and evaluation managers who are attuned to the challenges and sensitivities of modern humanitarian action and who are better prepared to use innovative ways of evaluating and learning from crisis response, often in real-time, to support hard-pressed practitioners.

Participants will hear about the stages of evaluating humanitarian action and engage with one another to propose solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing challenges unfolding in real-time in contexts like Ukraine. Throughout the workshop, topics pertinent to the humanitarian sector, including accountability to affected populations and localization, will be touched on to give participants a sense of the broad range of considerations that humanitarian evaluations require.

The workshop will provide a brief overview of key issues relevant to humanitarian evaluations today, drawing from ALNAP’s Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) guide. Participants will also explore how to plan and conduct real-time learning exercises, as this has become an increasingly important approach to support humanitarian practitioners and improve humanitarian action.


After this course, participants will have a general understanding of the issues critical to contemporary evaluations of humanitarian action, including the increasingly popular use of real-time evaluative learning exercises.

Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Critical stages, challenges and ethical aspects of evaluations of humanitarian action;
  • Key features of real-time evaluative learning exercises, including planning and implementation (roles involved, question selection, methods, analysis, communicating findings to facilitate learning & uptake, etc.);
  • Practical applications explored through case studies that cover different contexts.


This workshop is designed primarily for evaluators, evaluation managers, as well as humanitarian decision-makers and evaluation commissioners. It is suitable for both practitioners with previous experience in humanitarian action who are interested in learning about real-time exercises, and evaluators with experience in development evaluations who would like exposure to and are curious about how to apply their evaluation skills to humanitarian action. Young and emerging evaluators can also follow this workshop to deepen their understanding of evaluations in the humanitarian sector.


Introductory to intermediate level and suitable for a wide range of professionals interested in learning about evaluating humanitarian action and real-time exercises.


Previous knowledge and experience of evaluation are welcome but not essential. Experience in humanitarian action would be particularly advantageous, though previous knowledge of basic evaluation concepts and experience working as an evaluator and/or commissioner will support the application of what is covered. Case studies will be provided for preparation ahead of time, or participants may choose to work on their actual context/scenario for planning a real-time exercise.