Evidence plays a pivotal role in decision-making within the humanitarian sector. The course, "Operational Research for Humanitarians," offered by the University of Geneva, empowers humanitarian professionals and junior researchers to effectively engage with research and make evidence-based decisions. The comprehensive curriculum covers fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for understanding relevant evidence, identifying appropriate research methods, assessing evidence quality, and ensuring ethical conduct in humanitarian settings.
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This course comprises five modules covering topics such as the value of evidence, research questions and study designs, conducting research in humanitarian settings, ethics and community engagement, and translating knowledge into action. The modules provide comprehensive insights into evidence-based decision-making within humanitarian contexts.
Module 1: Why conduct research in humanitarian settings
Explore the significance of research in humanitarian settings, the process of formulating research questions, and the value of evidence for evidence-based decision-making.
Module 2: Research questions and study designs
Delve into the research process, study designs, recognizing biases, and formulating high-quality research questions tailored to humanitarian contexts.
Module 3: Conducting research in humanitarian settings
Understand the challenges and opportunities of implementing research, robustness versus feasibility, ethical considerations, and methods for conducting research in humanitarian settings.
Module 4: Ethics and community engagement
Learn about ethical principles, informed consent, ethics review processes, and the importance of engaging communities in research in humanitarian settings.
Module 5: Translating knowledge into action
Explore the challenges of translating evidence into practice, accountability within humanitarian organizations, and effective communication of research findings for policy and practice.
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