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Course E013: Data Collection and Analysis for Project Monitoring and Evaluation

4 February-3 March 2015 (E01315) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

In this e-learning course human rights, humanitarian and development workers will be introduced to the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, including survey design, interviewing and associated techniques for analysis in support of project-based monitoring and evaluation. This course will be helpful for those with modest experience in monitoring and evaluation. Participants are encouraged to come to the course with an instrument and/or associated protocols for analysis that can be developed. This should not be viewed as an advanced course on data analysis and will not address sampling or regression analysis.

The certificate course involves approximately 20 hours of reading, video lectures, online interaction among students and instructor, webinars and a written assignment, and is offered over a 4-week period. This course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants are expected to do the required reading, participate in online group discussions and prepare a written assignment.

The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

This course complements HREA's six-week introductory course Monitoring & Evaluation in the NGO Sector.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to qualitative research methods and interview protocols
Week 2. Analyzing qualitative data (coding, patterning and use of narrative)
Week 3. Introduction to quantitative research methods and survey design
Week 4. Analyzing quantitative data (descriptive statistics)

About the instructor

Dr. Felisa Tibbitts is Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA). Dr. Tibbitts has Master's degrees from Harvard University in Public Policy and in Education with a specialisation in research methods, in addition to a doctorate in Political Science. She has worked as an evaluator and researcher in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia since 1989, where she has been involved in classroom-based research, needs assessment, programme evaluation, training and workshop evaluation, and assessment design. Dr. Tibbitts' clients have included Amnesty International, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), SIDA, UNICEF and UNDP. She has published extensively and contributed to several evaluation guides, including Monitoring and Evaluation for Amnesty International Human Rights Education Activities (2010), Evaluation in the Human Rights Education Field: Getting Started (1997) and Learning to Live Together. Design, monitoring and evaluation of education for life skills, citizenship, peace and human rights (UNESCO, 2008). Dr. Tibbitts has been an instructor of the HREA e-learning courses Child Rights Programming, Human Rights-Based Programming, Monitoring & Evaluation in the NGO Sector and Project Cycle Management since 2002.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff members of international development organisations, human rights/social justice organisations and international organisations. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 395; tuition for auditors: US$ 145. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


Register for this course (opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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