HAEC Capacity Strengthening Activities

HAEC develops capacity strengthening curriculum and training for researchers, policy makers, and leaders in humanitarian contexts.

Two young girls play a game with their uncle outside their home in a camp for Rohingya Refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children


HAEC's hosts both in-person and online capacity-strengthening activities to fill critical gaps in the humanitarian space surrounding impact evaluations. Specifically, HAEC works to debunk common myths surrounding conducting impact evaluations in humanitarian contexts, strengthen implementing partners' capacity to identify when an impact evaluation is appropriate and would provide value for the organization, provides templates and resources to reduce time and cost barriers associate with evaluations, and collaborates with policymakers to create useful time-saving resources. 

Navigating Constraints to Implementing Impact Evaluations in Humanitarian Settings

To increase the utilization of impact evaluations, HAEC first worked to understand the key barriers to conducting impact evaluations in humanitarian contexts. To do so, the team conducted 68 consultations with implementers, funders, and researchers and identified ten primary constraints. HAEC outlined these constraints, as well as successful strategies for navigating them, in this report

Grpahic illustration of the ten constraints outlined inthe report shows cartoon images of people juggling paperwork, lost in a maze, running away from evaluations, being condused about donor requirements




Debunking Common Myths

Through the consultation process, HAEC also identified common myths and created a video series to debunk these myths. The three-part series follows the journey of Paul and Jane to discover how they can use impact evaluations to inform their work, including through quasi-experimental designs. Click the links below to watch:

Capacity Strengthening Events and Resources

Online Webinars

HAEC hosts virtual webinars to share key messages with a wide audience we otherwise might not be able to reach. For example, from 2023-2024, HAEC hosted a three-part Impact Insights series to engage with implementers and researchers around different evaluation types and methods. This series, which highlighted practical examples from around the world, reached over 500 professionals from 85 countries. You can view the presentations and watch the recordings in the links below: 

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In-Person Capacity Strengthening Workshops

HAEC hosts in-person capacity strengthening workshops for M&E professionals to better understand what an impact evaluation is, the types of questions they can answer, different types of evaluation designs, evaluation requirements, and when an impact evaluation would provide value for an organization. HAEC has engaged practitioners at regional workshops in Thailand, Turkey, Ghana, and Colombia. But recognizing that not everyone can attend in-person workshops, HAEC is also working to adapt the curriculum for an online e-course, coming 2024.

Three images from a workshop in Colombia, the first shows a presenter holding a mic, the second a group of people during an activity raising their hands, and the third two people looking at a workbook


Tools & Templates

HAEC develops template tools and resources to reduce the time, cost, and capacity barriers that limit impact evaluations in humanitarian settings. These resources include: