Researchers and other practitioners using the Household Economy Approach (HEA) and Individual Household Method (IHM) require a range of field-based skills, along with competences in the use OHEA and OIHM software and an understanding of the theories and concepts on which the field assessments are 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 HEA and IHM certification levels requires trainees to take part in a minimum number of field assessments as well as completing taught courses. These are currently provided by Evidence for Development and the Walker Institute, University of Reading, through the ALiVE training programme.
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This is a four part Training of Trainers (TOT) programme, involving ‘classroom’ and self-directed study and field activities. Having completed all 4 levels of training, participants will be equipped to lead research studies, introduce new students to the methodology, and train others within their organisations
Introduction to HEA and IHM theory and the OHEA and OIHM software. Includes readings, slide presentations, software training videos, on line tests and interactive sessions
Building on Level I knowledge and skills, the focus of this course is on use of OHEA and OIHM software. Practical exercises include data entry and checking; data analysis and interpretation, and scenarios modelling.
Students join a HEA or IHM assessment team. They observe all aspects of field practice, including the basic logistics involved in managing a successful field study. They also observe interviews conducted by experienced practitioners, and have the opportunity to conduct interviews under supervision. At the end of this first field level course, participants should be able to consolidate and check household interview data, identify errors and and enter data in the software
Level 3 competences assessed in the field include:
Practitioners at this level will have completed Levels 1-3 training and participated as a team member in at least one further study supervised by an EfD certificated trainer. They must be able to work independently and show competence in all aspects of household economy field work, data checking and data entry.
Competences assessed in Level 4 candidates include:
Evidence for Development’s software can be licensed for third party use to those holding Level 4 Certification from the Walker Academy.