EPA 305 - Using Data And Information for Crisis-Sensitive Educational Planning

21 April 2021 to 25 June 2021
Application deadline: 
19 March 2021
1,600 USD (individual) | 1,400 USD (country group of 4)

This IIEP specialization online course provides in-depth training on the issues, tools and strategic approaches to crisis-sensitive educational planning and the role of risk prevention and reduction processes. Find out the content of this practice-oriented training course, delivered remotely.


Practical information and application

Due to the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, IIEP Specialized Courses Programme will exceptionally be delivered remotely in 2021. The course, Using Data And Information for Crisis-Sensitive Educational Planning, consists of an 8-week online training (3 May - 25 June 2021) involving 12-15 work hours per week. It is preceded by a 12-day preliminary phase (21 April – 2 May) to get acquainted with the e-learning platform and to meet the other participants and IIEP instructors.

Admission to this course is open to all candidates who meet the requirements.
The number of places made available is limited. To apply, please use the online Application Form which contains complete information on the required documents. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Course objectives

By the end of the course, participants should be able to mobilize and analyze existing data on the impact of risks, including in displacement situations, and identify relevant risk reduction measures for national education sector planning processes.

More specifically, upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify existing sources of data on the risks of conflict, natural hazards, and forced displacement for the education sector and identify potential synergies in terms of data approaches across humanitarian and development sectors,
  • use data to understand the impact of conflict, disasters and population displacements on education systems;
  • examine existing and proposed policies in their country, including for population displacements, in order to respond to risks that affect the education system;
  • identify evidence-informed risk reduction programmes;
  • develop measurable and realistic indicators and identify the sources of information necessary for monitoring and evaluation;
  • understand key issues related to the integration of crisis-sensitive data into Education management information systems (EMIS) and propose context-specific ways forward to ensure EMIS become effective tools for education planning in times of crisis



This online course is organized around three modules, as described below.

MODULE 1: The role of data and information in crisis sensitive educational planning (week 1)
During the first module, participants will be introduced to the role of data and information in crisis-sensitive educational planning as well as in other planning and programming processes such as risk-informed programming, transitional educational planning, humanitarian response planning, etc., that are widely used to plan for education delivery in contexts of emergencies. More specifically, participants will become familiar with the main steps of crisis-sensitive educational planning, and explore existing sources of global, regional and national-level data and information on natural hazards, risks of conflict, and education in emergencies, including for forcibly displaced populations.

MODULE 2: Data and information for education situation analyses (weeks 2-5)
Module 2 will go a bit deeper into the practical aspects related to the use of data and information for education situation analysis, which is the first step of the different planning and programming processes discussed during week 1. This module will focus particularly on the use of data and information for analysing the impacts of conflicts, natural hazards, and forced displacement on the access, quality, equity, and management of education systems.
Participants will also have the opportunity to apply the skills learned (risk analysis; collecting, processing; and analysing data and information) to real  data through case studies.

MODULE 3: Data and information for monitoring and evaluation (weeks 6-8)
In Module 3, participants will map out a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework that incorporates crisis-risk reduction and responds to displacement challenges. This will involve identifying the raw data, indicators and sources of information needed for a ministry of education to monitor and evaluate the degree to which their education system addresses the risks of crisis and the education needs of forcibly displaced populations. In  addition, this module will familiarize participants with data challenges related to educational data and information in the context of crisis while reflecting on strategies to bridge the gaps between the humanitarian and development areas for harmonized, timely, and quality education data.


Intermediate knowledge of statistics and competency in spreadsheet (Excel), data collection and analysis, Education management information systems and/or other statistical packages.

Participants' profiles

This course is designed for staff (technical staff and policy-makers) of ministries of education and relevant personnel from humanitarian and development organizations who are directly involved in the organization, planning, and management of education, including education for forcibly displaced populations.

The participation of female professionals is highly encouraged.


This specialization course is held online in a “virtual classroom”. Our e-learning platform (Moodle) is user-friendly and adapted to the participants’ needs, allowing practice-oriented training and collaborative learning approach. Teaching-learning activities span a variety of interactive modules, resources and tools, including discussion forums, video and audio instructional contents, web conferencing, wikis, blogs, quizzes, and more.

Check minimum system requirements

The working methods call for active involvement of and contribution from each participant. Courses combine different working modalities: individual work, group work and interaction with the IIEP instructors and participants from other countries to enable constructive interactions and knowledge sharing.