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

12 January 2022 to 18 March 2022
Application deadline: 
3 December 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 ongoing consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, this course will exceptionally be delivered remotely in 2022.

The course, Using Data And Information for Crisis-Sensitive Educational Planning, consists of an 8-week online training 24 January – 18 March 2022 involving 12-15 work hours per week. It is preceded by a 10-day preliminary phase (12 – 21 January 2022) to get acquainted with the e-learning platform and to meet the other participants and IIEP instructors. 

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

Upon completion of this online course, participants will be able to mobilize and analyze existing data and information on the risks to education systems and the demand for education as well as their potential impact, including in contexts of displaced populations. They will also be able to identify relevant measures to reduce these risks in education planning processes at the national level. More specifically, at the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of data and information for effective planning and management of education in crisis situations;
  • Analyze data and information in order to assess the risks of conflicts, natural disasters and the forced displacement of populations, as well as the impact of disasters on access, quality, equity and management of education systems ;
  • Identify the data and sources of information necessary for monitoring and evaluating the effective provision of education services in crisis situations and for risk reduction;
  • Discuss the strategies to be implemented to bring together the data systems of humanitarian partners and those of development partners, through harmonized, up-to-date and quality processes for the collection and use of education data in an emergency situation.


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.


The development of this course has been made possible thanks to the financing of the European Union Foreign Policy Instrument (EU-FPI).
This course is developed and delivered in partnership with NORRAG.

Wednesday 15 February 2023
Wednesday 26 April 2023