Participatory Data Collection Methods

Fully booked

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 online training, you will get an overview on different participatory data collection methods (traditional and innovative, remote and on-the-ground) and get the opportunity to practice them. The training consists of four half-day online sessions on November 2nd, 16th, 28th and Dezember 6th; please note, however, that homework tasks will be assigned after each session. We estimate that each task will take you a maximum of 120 minutes to complete.

This training is part of the aha’s certification program and is eligible for a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the area of “Foundations of Humanitarian Action”.

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You will learn

why participatory approaches to data collection are important and which risks are associated with these approaches

which participatory methods are available to collect data for capacity & needs assessment and how to apply them

which participatory methods are available to collect data for monitoring and how to apply them

which participatory methods are available to collect data for evaluation purposes and how to apply them

Target group

Staff of German and local/national humanitarian NGOs.


9:30 - 10:15

Introductions and expectations

10:15 - 11:00

Participatory exercise to understand trainees’ existing familiarity with participatory methods

11:00 - 11:30

Why use a participatory approach?

11:30 - 12:15

Overview of participatory methods - For capacity and needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation

12:15 - 12:30


12:30 - 13:00

Identification of upcoming opportunities to use approaches

13:00 - 13:30

Introduction to homework task - Participatory exercise to share feedback on the session

Laura Rana


02.11.2023 - 06.12.2023

16 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany.