ADH703 - Evidence and Decision Making in Humanitarian Action


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)*
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


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This unit explores the generation of evidence in humanitarian action, and its use as a basis for humanitarian decision making. We begin by considering the nature of decision making in humanitarian crises: how, by whom, and on what basis, are decisions made? We then further explore the nature of humanitarian decision making through an examination of 2 decision-making 'case studies': decisions regarding whether, when and how to respond in response to early warnings of crisis, and decisions regarding how to target humanitarian aid. We then consider the nature of evidence used in humanitarian crises, ethical considerations associated with its collection, and the main ways in which it is generated (namely, through assessments, monitoring and evaluation). We conclude by considering the way in which humanitarians engage communities in the generation and use of evidence, and the opportunities presented by new technologies for better community engagement. The assessment tasks will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage with the issues discussed, as well as to apply their learning to a practical task of a nature required in humanitarian practice.

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