Use of Evidence Blended Learning - March 2015

DatesWed 4 March 2015 - Thu 26 March 2015
  • INTRAC training
Cost680.00 - £GBP
VenueRemote via webinar and Skype

This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts:

Part 1: 4 and 5 March 2015; part 2: week of 16 March 2015; part 3: 26 March 2015

Do you lack confidence using evidence in your work? Do you face external or internal pressure to justify the evidence that you produce? In response to growing demand for support to practitioners, this course will help you to respond to evidence debates and challenges.

In this course you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of evidence. With a practical focus, you will learn the skills to identify sources of evidence, assess the quality of evidence, and integrate the use of evidence into your work for specific purposes, so that it is of high quality and can be used with confidence.

Objectives of the programme

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be familiar with definitions of evidence and how they are used in international development
  • Be able to identify and work with existing sources of evidence
  • Understand different approaches to, and have built skills in, assessing the quality of evidence
  • Be able to plan for the use of better evidence in their work
  • Have applied their learning, and have explored the challenges and how to overcome them

During the practical component of the course, participants will apply their learning to a particular area of work where they use evidence, such as advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, or programming. This course takes place over four weeks and includes self-directed learning and one-to-one coaching tailored to the needs of the participant.

Core Content

The course will cover:

  • Defining Evidence (definitions and debates in international development, and applicability to practitioners)
  • Identifying Evidence (needs assessment; identifying external and internal sources, assessing relevance of existing evidence)
  • Assessing the quality of evidence (different approaches and standards used across the sector, selecting and adapting approaches based on context and need)
  • Working with Evidence (improving planning for gathering, assessing and using evidence, addressing contradictions and challenges that arise, balancing quality with practical constraints).

This course covers the fundamentals of understanding what evidence is and ensuring good use of evidence in practice. 

Course Format

INTRAC’s innovative blended learning programmes are an effective and cost efficient way to build staff and partner capacity. They combine training delivered remotely by a highly experienced trainer, with one to one coaching to support attendees as they apply the learning to their current work and context. Participants also have time to work through resources independently and choose the optional modules that are most relevant to them. The programme is delivered through the innovative use of web conferencing technology (webinar), skype and INTRAC’s learning platform (moodle).The structure of the programme allows individual’s needs to be addressed while they balance their work commitments. This blended learning programme is delivered over four weeks, and each programme has three parts:

Part One: Trainer-led and self-directed, 4 and 5 March 2015

In week 1, participants 'remotely' attend two days of training including three hours of trainer-delivered content (via webinar) per day, and three hours of self-directed and peer learning. Participants then devise action plans for incorporating learning into their work.

Part Two: One-to-one coaching, week of 16 March 2015

In week 3, participants have a 50 minute one-to-one coaching session (via phone or skype) with the trainer. This time is tailored to the needs of each participant. Examples of use of the coaching time include:

  • Reviewing learning and considering how to integrate it into current work
  • Having contextual or issue-specific support

Part Three: Trainer-led, 26 March 2015

In week 4, participants attend a final three-hour webinar to consolidate learning, share their reflections on the challenges or successes of applying learning to the workplace, cover any outstanding learning needs, and discuss action plans.

Intended audience

This foundation course is aimed at technical staff in NGOs who need to engage with evidence in their work, for example in programme, planning, monitoring and evaluation, or advocacy. Participants will have some exposure to using research evidence through academic training or work experience, but need to gain a better understanding of core concepts.

What are the costs and the benefits?

The cost is £680. This represents a significant saving compared to a standard UK open training course, including no extra cost of travel, accommodation or subsistence.

To apply, please complete the blended learning application form and email it to our  training team on or call +44 (0)1865 263040 for more information.

Download a PDF of the course profile.