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Evaluation training material

Evaluating humanitarian action

ALNAP first developed training modules in 2001 as a way of sharing knowledge and good practice identified through its research activities. The modules were updated in 2003 and 2007.

The material has been further updated in collaboration with Channel Research for a course organised by Channel Research in November 2009. 

The material is available to all free of charge, to aid those providing courses on the evaluation of humanitarian action. The materials are not a definitive set of ideas: you may want to add further training materials or activities, and introduce your own organisation's policies, procedures and models.

It may be possible for the ALNAP secretariat to put you in touch with a facilitator to teach your course. All contractual arrangements between your organisation and the facilitator are your own responsibility.

ALNAP would appreciate any feedback on the content and usability of these materials -

Download: Training manual | Bibliography


The updated materials were prepared by Margie Buchanan-Smith and John Cosgrave.


The views expressed in these materials reflect those of the consultants who compiled the materials and not necessarily those of ALNAP Full Members.


ALNAP is grateful to Channel Research for its contribution to updating these training materials and for using them for its courses.

ALNAP also wishes to acknowledge the work of Sara Swords who developed the original training modules in 2001 and updated them in 2003. John Telford also participated in the writing of the original materials, and there was significant input and constructive feedback from Sheila Reed of InterWorks. The 2007 update was the work of Margie-Buchanan-Smith and John Telford.

Materials from other sources included in the manual are acknowledged in the bibliography.

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