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Data in Service to Humanitarian Relief Abroad

Webinar: Data in Service to Humanitarian Relief Abroad. February 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM ET.

Join the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition on Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time for a webinar with Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. They will discuss the scope of the Initiative and how they develop research and technology that is locally grounded and relevant to local, national and international actors who work to enhance humanitarian assistance.

Over the last 15 years, the team at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative has applied mixed methods of research to capture the opinions and attitudes of individuals in countries affected by war and mass violence ( The research methods have included population-based surveys, qualitative studies, focus groups, and ethnography. Through local engagement, HHI ensures that findings directly inform programs and policies. In 2006, the team started using digital data collection as an enhancement to traditional research methods, which led to the development of KoboToolbox. Currently there are over 4 million submissions per month on KoBoToolbox.

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is located in the T.H. Chan School of Public Health and addresses education, research and policy issues.


Phuong Pham, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). She has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing epidemiologic and evaluation research, technology solutions, and educational programs in on-going and post-conflict countries such as northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Iraq, Cambodia, Colombia and other areas affected by mass violence and humanitarian crisis. She co-founded (a portal of peacebuilding indicators) and KoboToolbox (a suite of software for digital data collection and visualization).

Patrick Vinck, Ph.D., is the Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  He is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and lead investigator at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. His current research examines resilience, peacebuilding, and social cohesion in contexts of mass violence, conflicts and natural disasters. His research has lead him to examine the ethics of data and technology in the field. He is the co-founder and director of KoBoToolbox a data collection service, and the Data-Pop Alliance, a Big Data partnership with MIT and others.

This webinar series is a project of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. The team organizer is Oliver Moles, Ph.D.

To view past webinars in this series, please visit Innovations in Human Rights Program Evaluation. Missed past program evaluation webinar series? View the recorded webinars Online.

Event Contact

Joel Ericsen

Program Associate

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