You are invited to a webinar and discussion – led by Dr Alastair Ager – introducing this evaluation tool developed in 2011 by UNICEF in partnership with Columbia University. It is intended to assist organisations working in the field of MHPSS to plan and implement evaluations of their psychosocial programmes and has been endorsed by 15 leading humanitarian organisations.
The Guide was developed to address concerns regarding weak evidence in the area of psychosocial programming in development and humanitarian work. Since its completion last year, it has been used by several colleagues in the field. The webinar and discussion is organised to draw attention to this important aspect of psychosocial programming. The Guide was reviewed and discussed at the annual meeting of the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS in Amsterdam in September this year and its wider dissemination was recommended.
Agencies that have endorsed the evaluation guide to date include Action Contre la Faim, CARE Austria, Child Fund International, Health Net TPO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, Medicos do Mundo, REPSSI, Save the Children, Terres des Hommes, UNICEF, War Child Holland, War Trauma Foundation, and World Vision International.
The event is organised for this purpose by UNICEF together with Columbia University, mhpss.net and the MHPSS Reference Group.
Susan Bisell, Associate Director, Child Protection UNICEF HQ, New York, will introduce the guide.
Alastair Ager, Professor, Columbia University, who was part of the team that developed the guidelines will present the guide and lead a discussion on the issue of evaluating psychosocial programmes.
Date: 19th December 2012
Time: 10am to 11.30am EST
Venue: 15th Floor Open Space, UNICEF House
To join the event online, click on this link and follow the instructions on screen. The webinar virtual room will be open for participants from 9.30 EST and hosts from mhpss.net will be on-line to welcome you. To quickly calculate what time the webinar will streamed in your part of the world, use this link <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html> . If you are unable to join the webinar live, a link to the recording of the webinar will later be posted on the MHPSS Network. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.
The event will be followed by an online support forum in February 2013 where people from the field can seek support from experts in the field.
For further resources and exchanges on issues of assessment, monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS interventions, please visit this group on mhpss.net.