Title: Consultancy Skills in International Cooperation in Health –Evaluation of Health Facilities, Projects and Programmes
Keywords: Team-work (incl. interdisciplinary, inter-professional)
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Management/leadership
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Sylvia Sax
Date start: 2018-03-05
Date end: 2018-03-16
About duration and dates: The course covers ten working days. next course date: 09.07.-13.07. 2018
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT: 90 hours
Lectures: 20 hours, Case studies: 15 hours, Evaluation reports and tools: 30 hours, Discussions with international consultants: 4 hours, Individual and group exercises and plenary discussions: 11 hours, Individual study: 10 hours;
Language: English
Description:
The overall objective of this course is to enable health professionals and managers to understand and apply the concepts and principles of evaluation when evaluating facilities, projects and programmes in the health sector and to improve their personal and technical skills in evaluation and consultancy.
At the end of the course the participants will be able to:
- Describe basic principles and processes for evaluation of health facilities, projects and programmes
- Identify, adapt and use tools within an evaluation
- Apply the principles of effective writing in evaluations
- Write an evaluation report for an identified recipient.
- Use team building and team management skills
- Use the analysis of personal skills to develop a consultancy career plan
Assessment Procedures:
60 % of the grade is assessment against specified criteria of group presentations of an evaluation exercise: facilitator (70%) and peer (30%)
40 % of the grade is facilitator assessment of an individual Consultancy Plan exercise
Failure requires a 2000 word proposal on a topic negotiated between the student and the coordinator.
Content:
The course includes the following topics:
- Evaluation and Consultancy: The Basics
- Evaluation: Key Principles, Methods and Tools
- Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Evaluation
- Basic Skills of an Evaluator as an Individual and as a Team Member including team role play session
- Planning an Evaluation in a low or middle income setting
- Effective Writing Techniques, including Report Writing
- Critical Review of Evaluation Reports
- Designing and Providing Effective Feedback to Different Stakeholders
- The Consultants Reference Points: Client Requirements and Regulations
- Terms of Reference in your Consultancy Practice
- Planning a Consultancy Career
- Cultural and Ethical Aspects of Consultancy
- The Consultant: Expectations and Experiences
Methods:
Each session has specific objectives and 1 or more short key readings which are included in the course reader. Further readings are suggested, however, they are not mandatory for the course. These documents are available for reading and can be copied in case of interest.
We request participants to bring their laptop for the course; some computers and laptops are available for the participants.
Prerequisites:
English TOEFL: Computer based >237; Paper based >580; Internet based >90; IELTS > 6.5. (Or as requested at respective English taught home institute = tropEd enrolment sufficient);
Attendance:
The number of participants including tropEd students is limited to 25
Selection:
first come, first serve
Fees: 1.000,- EUR for tropEd students, 1.500 EUR for others
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Increased the SIT on participatory learning methods such as the case study and decreased lecture time. Included a specific session on cultural and ethical aspects of consultancy with a focus on low and middle income countries and donor support. Increased the exposure to junior consultants in the open dialogue session with international consultants.
Student evaluation:
The course has been consistently evaluated as excellent since the previous tropEd reaccreditation. The practical nature of all aspects of the course including the frequent and open feedback to groups and individuals on their activities, the time to reflect on personal development and balance of attention on concepts and skills are most frequently praised. Participants also appreciate the sessions with active international consultants as a learning exercise. The intensity of the course is an area some participants find challenging.
Lessons learned:
Participants would like more tropEd courses on development of personal competencies such as communication skills, writing, and time management. Open and honest engagement with the students and coaching them on their personal skills pays off in the long run; we frequently hear from former participants in the course that they have been successful in their consultancy careers or have used skills learned in the course in furthering their careers.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Heidelberg, September 2003. Re-accredited in Paris, May 2008 and in June 2013. This accreditation is valid until June 2018.
Remarks: Early registration recommended - also for tropEd students - as course is usually in high demand.
Email Address: grys@uni-heidelberg.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-09 23:17:33 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 05:29:34 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-05-22 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 04:47:02 (W3C-DTF)

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