02.11.2023 - 6.12.2023

Participatory data collection methods in humanitarian action


2, 16, 28 November and 6 December 2023

Data collection is an essential part of humanitarian projects. Yet, affected communities are often treated as passive respondents, and overlooked when it comes to humanitarian project design.



In this interactive online training, participants will get an overview of different participatory methods for data collection, including the opportunity to practice them. We will have a look at traditional participatory methods, but also explore some innovative approaches. We will cover approaches that can be implemented remotely, as well as on the ground for capacity and needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation.


Target group

The training is targeted at staff of German humanitarian NGOs that are responsible for data collection (e.g. for conducting capacity and needs assessments and/or monitoring/evaluation of humanitarian projects), as well as their local and national partner organisations. Prior knowledge is not required.



The seminar will be facilitated by Laura Rana. Laura is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) specialist with 15 years of experience working in different NGOs and as an independent consultant. 



The training consists of four half-day sessions. The sessions will be in English.

Session 1: Thursday, 2 November 2023
Session 2: Thursday, 16 November 2023
Session 3: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Session 4: Wednesday, 6 December 2023

Changed time:

9:30 am – 1:30 pm CET

We will be assigning homework tasks between each session to practice the seminar learnings. We estimate that each task will take a maximum of 120 minutes.



The training can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in either “Locally-Led Humanitarian Action” or “Foundations of Humanitarian Action". You can find more information here. Participants who wish to join the certificate programme must take an exam.



The seminar is free of charge.




Your registration is binding. Participants will receive feedback on whether they have been admitted to the course one to two weeks after their registration.

Please contact Karoline Krähling for further questions.



This seminar is part of a joint project of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr-University Bochum and VENRO. It is financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.