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Technical tools for humanitarian programming


  • E-learning
  • Blended

Walkgrove created a clear and comprehensive introduction to a useful programming methodology for international humanitarian and development workers.

The training need

Save the Children selected Walkgrove to develop a training course on the Household Economy Approach (HEA). HEA is a globally recognised framework for understanding people’s livelihoods and how they access what they need to survive and prosper. HEA can be used to inform humanitarian programming and emergency interventions.

To expedite the process of HEA education and reduce time spent on classroom and field training, Save the Children designed an online HEA course for technical workers in humanitarian and development sectors. The charity felt the course needed improvement and asked Walkgrove to design a more effective learning solution.

Save the Children also needed a new introductory level e-learning module to blend with and act as a prerequisite to the technical training and to provide an overview of HEA for all interested humanitarian and development sector staff and volunteers.

Our bespoke learning solution

Walkgrove created two bespoke e-learning modules for Save the Children. A 30-minute introductory course explains HEA and its benefits, summarises the HEA methodology and illustrates real-life examples of its use. The second module is a much more in-depth, two-hour technical course designed to equip practitioners for a further two days of HEA field training. The course focuses on developing the skills necessary for successful field data collection and the modules explore HEA steps and methodology in more detail. To ensure that learners are ready for their field training, the course concludes with two ten-minute assessments about the relevant HEA data gathering methodologies.

Both e-learning courses use clear and bold tutorial screens designed in a contemporary style to present key information. To help explain the HEA background and methodology screens, the custom e-learning courses include a mixture of interesting photography from real field locations and high-quality diagrams. The uncluttered learning design makes it easy to focus on each element of the HEA process and methodology in turn. Frequent formative assessments and quiz questions check learner understanding as they progress through the modules.