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Training in Copenhagen: Programming and M&E for Psychosocial Interventions

Programming and M&E for Psychosocial Interventions

2 to 4 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark (Deadline for application: 8 February 2019)

Today, psychosocial support is widely offered in humanitarian operations and the results are promising. Evidence informed findings from psychosocial interventions in the aftermath of major natural disasters and ongoing social and health care programmes indicate that early and appropriate community-based psychosocial support can reduce stress and human suffering and speed up the recovery process. However, there are insufficient standards and criteria for determining what works, how and why in different situations and contexts. Such information and knowledge are critical for learning and for identifying best practices of high quality psychosocial programming. It is critical for continuing to build the capacity of National Societies and is an integral part of accountability to affected populations. The PS Centre has developed a framework to ensure a systematic approach for monitoring and evaluating psychosocial programmes in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The framework was developed to identify and ensure best practices throughout IFRC global mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS) programmes, contributing to quality MHPSS interventions and strengthening advocacy for MHPSS programmes.  The framework aims to support National Societies in designing relevant M&E systems for MHPSS programmes, to help in programme planning and development of MHPSS strategies, and to mainstream global reporting of progress on MHPSS programmes as they contribute to achieving the priorities of IFRC Strategy 2020.

Training objective

The training provides the knowledge and tools necessary for participants to carry out assessments, develop and adapt indicators and monitor mental health and psychosocial interventions. There will be special focus on practicing the use of the monitoring and evaluation framework and tools developed by the PS Centre. Subjects covered in the training are:
  • Introduction to planning and implementing MHPSS programmes
  • Assessment
  • Components of M&E
  • Data collection
  • Develop M&E plan for MHPSS activities
  • Indicators and Means of Verification tools

Dates, deadlines and other important information:

The training takes place in Copenhagen on 2 – 4 April 2019 (3 days). Participants must be able to participate in the entire training, arriving the night before and departing from the training venue no earlier than 5 pm on the last day of training (earliest possible flight from Copenhagen is at 8 pm). If you have questions, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk

Deadline for application

8 February 2019 Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system: https://www.survey-xact.dk/LinkCollector?key=KJVU5PPU959P Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/need_visa/who_needs_visa.htm

Target group and required qualifications

  • Knowledge of planning and designing mental health and psychosocial support interventions
  • Knowledge about community-based psychosocial support (as a minimum at the level of the IFRC Community-based Psychosocial Support foundation training)
  • Understanding of M&E terminology, experience working with Logical Frameworks or Theory of Change, or similar methods
  • Red Cross Red Crescent staff or volunteer
  • Good social skills, a strong interest in mental health and psychosocial support, i
  • Willingness to participate actively during the training is required
  • The training will be conducted in English, so all participants must have sufficient English skills to participate actively in the training
  • Please note that priority is given to Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers Participants from other organisations will only be considered as exceptions.


Participants must cover their own expenses for travel, accommodation and per diem. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training. The training itself is free of charge.


The required pre-reading must be completed before the start of the training, so each participant must dedicate a full day of preparation before the training. Additional suggestions for reading prior to the training (not mandatory):