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Evidence and Decision-making in Humanitarian Action

Welcome to this Deakin University unit, ADH703: Evidence and Decision-making in Humanitarian Action.

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Discover how to make evidence based decisions during humanitarian crises.

Discover how to make, and evaluate, big decisions during humanitarian crises. These critical decisions often involve difficult ethical dimensions and can affect many people's lives for years to come. By the conclusion of the course, you'll be able to critically evaluate these decisions, the generation and analysis of evidence and a range of approaches for assessing, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian crises. You will also develop the capability to engage with communities when doing so and reflect on your personal and professional development.


5 courses

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Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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Who will you learn with?

Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings is a Lecturer at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University. Her research interests are North Korea, civil society, human rights, and disaster response.

Learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the way in which decisions are made in humanitarian crises, and articulate the ethical dilemmas commonly faced by decision-makers.
  • Critically examine the generation of evidence in humanitarian crises, articulate criteria for assessing its quality, and develop a plan for managing ethical considerations related to the collection of evidence.
  • Critically evaluate current approaches to assessment, monitoring and evaluation in the humanitarian sector, and develop evaluation methodologies.
  • Identify and apply a range of approaches used for engaging communities in the generation and analysis of evidence in humanitarian crises.
  • Reflect on the development of personal and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the work of a humanitarian practitioner.

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