Practice of the individual household method (IHM) requires a range of field-based skills, expertise in the use of open-IHM software and an understanding of the theories and concepts on which the methodology is based. The underlying household economy methodology and software skills can be covered in classroom-based sessions, but field-based skills are acquired incrementally through experience and application. For this reason, the process of moving through the four IHM certification levels requires trainees to take part in set minimum numbers of IHM field assessments as well as taking part in taught IHM courses conducted or accredited by Evidence for Development.
Not all trainees will graduate from basic training in data collection (Level 1) to IHM levels 2, 3 or 4. However, if organisations aim to become self-sufficient in IHM practice and generate their own studies and reports, they will need to have at least one Level 3 certificate holder and two or three Level 2 certificate holders among their staff. The speed at which practitioners graduate through the certification levels will depend on the number of IHM field assessments in which they have participated and their work has been supervised and assessed.
See details of the IHM certification levels below, or contact us with questions about how we might be able to assist you or your organisation.
The purpose of this initial training is to explain the concepts behind IHM field practice, to introduce the data collection methods and to demonstrate how data is consolidated, checked and entered in the open-IHM software. At the end of the Level 1 course, participants should be able to conduct individual household interviews independently, to consolidate and check individual household interview data and to use the open-IHM data entry spreadsheets.
Level 1 competences assessed in the field include:
Practitioners at this level will have completed Level 1 training and participated as a team member in at least two further studies supervised by an IHM-certificated Level 3 trainer. They must be able to work independently and show competence in all aspects of IHM field work, data checking and data entry.
Competences assessed in IHM Level 2 candidates include:
Level 3 candidates should have taken the role of assistant leader in at least one study after having completed Level 2 training. The focus of assessment at this level is on designing an IHM study in a single livelihood zone, data handling and modelling using open-IHM software, and the candidate’s ability to communicate key concepts through workshop presentations.
Level 3 competences include:
This level fundamentally assesses:
In addition to this, skills reviewed at Level 4 include: