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Evaluation of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programs in Humanitarian Crises: An assessment and comparison of evaluation guidelines
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programs are nowadays an inherent part of humanitarian response and there appears to be a global consensus on best practice. Nevertheless, the evidence base to support MHPSS interventions is little, and there is an urgent need for systematic evaluations of MHPSS programs. The standardly integration of rigorous monitoring and evaluation procedures in the routine implementation of hu-manitarian MHPSS programs seems to be a promising way to strengthen the evidence base. Currently, there are two different guidelines – the Inter-Agency Guide to the Eval-uation of Psychosocial Programming in Humanitarian Emergencies as well as the A Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for MHPSS in Emergency Settings – available that both seek to provide the field of humanitarian MHPSS with a comprehen-sive, inter-agency framework for such monitoring and evaluation efforts. The purpose of this thesis was to evaluate the guidelines and to investigate in which way they overlap, complement one another or even conflict. For this, the two evaluation guidelines were qualitatively assessed and judged against The Program Evaluation Standards, one of the most elaborate sets of general standards of quality in program evaluation. Subsequently the two guidelines were qualitatively compared regarding their adherence to these stand-ards. Adherence was good for both guidelines and the comparison revealed that the frame-works indeed attend to and emphasize to some extent different aspects relevant to pro-gram evaluation, however are not conflicting. The results of this thesis indicate that com-prehensive frameworks for evaluation activities in the field of humanitarian MHPSS are available and that they comply with general standards of quality in program evaluation. An effort to integrate both guidelines in order to profit from their different foci and to benefit from their respective strength, would be desirable.

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2018.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-355102DiVA, id: diva2:1224042
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International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
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Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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