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2016-02-09    Introduction to Sigmah software
Face-to-face training course in Paris on 5 April 2016
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2013-02-28    Introduction to Sigmah software - 3 April 2013 (Paris)
Information and Quality management for International Solidarity organisations
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2012-08-16    Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" from 12 to 16 November 2012
This training course in French will be held at Groupe URD's Training Centre in the south of France (Drôme Provençale).
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2016-02-09 - Introduction to Sigmah software
Face-to-face training course in Paris on 5 April 2016

Information and Quality management for international development


2013-02-28 - Introduction to Sigmah software - 3 April 2013 (Paris)
Information and Quality management for International Solidarity organisations

Objectives and content This training course (in French), organised by Groupe URD and Coordination SUD, is an introduction to Sigmah software: open source software for the shared management of international aid projects. By the end of this practical hands-on training, participants will understand the main functions of the software, how an organisation can adopt Sigmah as part of its quality approach and how the collaborative Sigmah project is run. For more information on registration procedures: www.coordinationsud.org/formation/initiation-au-logiciel-sigmah/


2012-08-16 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" from 12 to 16 November 2012
This training course in French will be held at Groupe URD's Training Centre in the south of France (Drôme Provençale).




2012-05-02 - Training course "Quality Management in humanitarian programmes" from 11 to 15 June 2012
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's Training Centre in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in French.




2011-08-30 - Training course: Quality Management in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS)
Plaisians en Provence, 24 to 28 October 2011




2011-06-16 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" (Plaisians, 26-30 September 2011)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in french.




2011-04-01 - Training of Trainers course « Quality Management in Humanitarian Action » (Quality COMPAS©) (20 -24 June 2011, Plaisi



2011-02-08 - Training course "Managing quality in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS)" (Bogota, 8-11 March 2011)
Course in spanish.

For more information : http://iecah.org/novedad.php?id=183


2010-02-18 - Training course: Quality Management in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS & Dynamic COMPAS) (Plaisians en Provence, 14 to 18 June 2010)



2010-02-17 - Training course



2009-10-16 - Training of Trainers course on “Quality Management for Humanitarian Projects” in Madrid on 2-6 November 2009
Quality management is now recognised to be an essential skill for running projects and institutions. In addition to technical skills, it is necessary to be able to anticipate risks, understand and monitor needs, adapt activities and monitor and evaluate the quality of programmes. Groupe URD and IECAH (Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflictos y Accion Humanitaria) recently carried out a study which showed that there is growing interest at all levels within NGOs and public institutions in a variety of countries for training on this subject. Groupe URD has been working on Quality in humanitarian action and how to improve practices in the sector since the end of the 90s. It has been running its training module on Quality management for 3 years, working in partnership with IECAH on courses in Spanish. The two organisations now wish to share the skills they have learned and train trainers who will then be able to run the course themselves. The Training of Trainers course is part of the “CAP sur la Qualité” project, funded by the AECID (the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) and the MAEE (the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The aim of this project is to create a series of three modules (Basic, Project Management and Training of Trainers) in three languages (English, Spanish and French). To apply, please send a dossier including a CV and a letter explaining why you are interested in doing the course. Participants will be selected on the basis of this dossier as they will be expected to make a commitment to subsequently run the course themselves. For any further information and applications, please contact sede[at]iecah.org


2009-10-08 - Training course: Quality Management in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS & Dynamic COMPAS) (Plaisians en Provence, 16 to 20 November 2009)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in FRENCH.


2009-04-22 - Training of Trainers : Managing quality in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS), 15 to 19 June 2009
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in french.




2009-03-17 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" (Plaisians, 22-26 june 2009)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in french.

For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.


2009-03-16 - Managing quality in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS) course, 21 - 24 April 2009
This training course will be held in Bogota (Colombia) in spanish.

The course looks at how to manage the quality of humanitarian projects, focusing on the Quality COMPAS method. It covers the following areas: - the basic principles of quality management - managing a project with the Quality COMPAS (using a case study) - evaluating your project (using a case study) - introduction to the Dynamic COMPAS (using a case study) The course is aimed at professionals who work in the aid sector and either manage or evaluate projects (ex: Heads of programmes, Heads of projects, Evaluators, Quality managers...). A good level of Spanish is needed (comprehension and expression). To Register


2009-01-13 - Training course: Quality Management in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS & Dynamic COMPAS) (Plaisians en Provence, 9 to 13 March 2009)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in FRENCH.

For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.


2008-10-02 - "Quality management in humanitarian action" Training course (Brussels – 5th to 7th November 2008)
This training course (in partnership with VOICE) will be held at ECHO's office in Brussels and in ENGLISH. For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.

Project and information management is essential to ensure the quality of humanitarian projects. Many of the weaknesses which have been identified in projects the last decade do not come from a lack of technical knowledge on the part of humanitarian actors but rather because qualitative factors have not been properly taken into account. Drawing its content from the COMPAS method developed by Groupe URD, the course will cover subjects such as (1) conducting a situation analysis which goes further than a simple needs analysis, (2) designing a project beyond the logical framework, (3) defining objectives and indicators in keeping with all the quality criteria, (4) developing and implementing a system to monitor the project, (5) undestanding the difference between monitoring and evaluation, etc. The course is organised around a case study which gives participants practical experience of quality management and using the COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS free software (to download it and/or to know more about the COMPAS: http://www.compasqualite.org/en/index/index.php) This 3-day course has been designed for national and international aid workers involved in project management activities like needs assessment, design, monitoring, self-evaluation and evaluation.


2008-09-05 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" (17-21 November 2008)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in french.

For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.


2008-04-08 - Training course: The Dynamic COMPAS and the Quality COMPAS (Plaisians en Provence, 23 to 27 June 2008)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in ENGLISH. For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.

Project and information management is essential to ensure the quality of humanitarian projects. Many of the weaknesses which have been identified in projects the last decade do not come from a lack of technical knowledge on the part of humanitarian actors but rather because qualitative factors have not been properly taken into account. Drawing its content from the COMPAS method, the course will cover subjects such as (1) conducting a situation analysis which goes further than a simple needs analysis, (2) designing a project beyond the logical framework, (3) defining objectives and indicators in keeping with all the quality criteria, (4) developing and implementing a system to monitor the project, (5) undestanding the difference between monitoring and evaluation, etc. The course is organised around a case study which gives participants practical experience of quality management and using the COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS free software (to download it and/or to know more about the COMPAS: http://www.compasqualite.org/en/index/index.php) This course has been designed for national and international aid workers involved in project management activities like needs assessment, design, monitoring, self-evaluation and evaluation. At the end of the course all the participants will improve and/or apply project management quality strategies and plannig tools throughout the project cycle, and will be able to use the Dynamic COMPAS free software when planning and managing humanitarian interventions.


2008-04-00 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" (19-23 May 2008)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in french. For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35. E-Mail : pbrunet@urd.org.




2007-11-27 - Training Course
A training course on the Quality COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS software, both quality and information management tools for humanitarian projects, will be held in our headquarters from 4 to 8 February 2008. The course will be conducted in

Project and information management is essential to ensure the quality of humanitarian projects. Many of the weaknesses which have been identified in projects the last decade do not come from a lack of technical knowledge on the part of humanitarian actors but rather because qualitative factors have not been properly taken into account. Drawing its content from the COMPAS method, the course will cover subjects such as (1) conducting a situation analysis which goes further than a simple needs analysis, (2) designing a project beyond the logical framework, (3) defining objectives and indicators in keeping with all the quality criteria, (4) developing and implementing a system to monitor the project, (5) undestanding the difference between monitoring and evaluation, etc. The course is organised around a case study which gives participants practical experience of quality management and using the COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS free software (to download it and/or to know more about the COMPAS: http://www.compasqualite.org/en/index/index.php) This course has been designed for national and international aid workers involved in project management activities like needs assessment, design, monitoring, self-evaluation and evaluation. At the end of the course all the participants will improve and/or apply project management quality strategies and plannig tools throughout the project cycle, and will be able to use the Dynamic COMPAS free software when planning and managing humanitarian interventions. For registration form and further information, please contact Pierre Brunet (formations at urd.org)


2007-11-26 - Participation of Groupe URD at the ECHO Partners' Annual Conference (Brussels, 10-11 December 2007)



2007-11-13 - Training to Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS, Kabul, 2-5 December 2007
A short training course on the Quality COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS software, quality and information management tools for humanitarian projects, will be held in Kabul from 2 to 5 December 2007.

The course will be conducted in English and is aimed at humanitarian actors.

More informations and registration form from this link.




2007-07-23 - Training course "Evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects" (15-19 October 2007)
This training course will be hold on 15-19 October 2007 at Groupe URD's head office in Plaisians (Drôme, France).


2007-01-18 - Training course "Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS" (26-30 March 2007)
This training course will be held at Groupe URD's head office in the south of France (Drôme Provençale) in French. For more information, please contact Pierre Brunet on +33 (0)4 75 28 29 35.




2006-12-13 - Presentation of the Dynamic COMPAS at the ECHO Partners' Annual Conference held in Brussels
The Dynamic COMPAS was presented during the plenary session on 13 December 2006.




2006-11-08 - The Dynamic COMPAS tutorial is now available in French and English
This tutorial is a simple user-friendly guide to the Dynamic COMPAS software. It is now available online.

The tutorial gives a historical background to quality management in the humanitarian sector. It also includes a step-by-step guide of how to adopt a quality management approach for humanitarian programmes and facilitate reporting processes.


2006-11-06 - Presentation of the Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS in Kabul
Groupe URD presented the Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS at a conference held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 6 December 2006.

More than 70 participants (local NGOs, international NGOs, donors, Afghan Ministries, etc.) attended the conference on the Quality COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS software.


2006-11-05 - Training course "Project monitoring and evaluation, introduction to quality management" for Afghan NGOs
Groupe URD organised a five-day training course in its Kabul office on 29-31 October and 4-5 November 2006.

This training course focused on monitorig and evaluation and adopting a quality assurance approach in humanitarian action was organised for the LRRD programme (Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development) funded by the European Commission. Five Afghan NGOs (AWC, COAR, CHA, OIPA and ADA) and four ministries were represented (Agriculture, Health, Counter Narcortics and Urban development). The objectives of this training course were 1) to improve understanding of quality issues (looking beyond quality control), differences and links between monitoring and evaluation, to assess participants' own monitoring tools from a quality assurance perspective; 2) to define concrete measures for improving monitoring and evaluation processes; 3) to demonstrate the importance of conducting evaluations during project implementation and analysing the results in order to adopt corrective measures where necessary.


2006-09-11 - Training course "Evaluation the quality of humanitarian projects"
This training course was held on 11-15 September 2006 at Groupe URD's head office in Plaisians (Drôme, France).




2006-05-18 - Dynamic COMPAS demo at the 2nd Salon national de l'humanitaire, Paris
Thursday 18 May, Groupe URD presented the Dynamic COMPAS software, a project funded by ECHO Grant Facility 2006, at a conference ‘New technology for the humanitarian sector: Dynamic COMPAS for quality assurance and knowledge management’ during the 2nd Salon national de l’humanitaire at Pontoise. Furthermore, over the three-day exhibition, visitors to Groupe URD’s stand were also able to view a simulation of the Dynamic COMPAS software on a real-life project.


2006-03-14 - Dynamic COMPAS tests are underway
While the development phase nears its completion, Groupe URD has begun a series of tests for the Dynamic COMPAS software. NGOs participating in these tests are henceforth able to adopt the Dynamic COMPAS for their projects.
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2005-12-20 - Quality COMPAS presentation at Oxford Brookes University
Fifty people attended Groupe URD’s presentation of the Quality COMPAS in Oxford. Reactions to the Quality COMPAS method and its potential for promoting new developments within the humanitarian sector were very positive.

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2005-12-15 - Accreditation: a threat or an opportunity for humanitarian NGOs?
This article, published in Médecine Tropicale (no. 6-65), summarises the debate on certification and accreditation of humanitarian NGOs that was the keynote discussion topic during the 3rd Autumn School on Humanitarian Aid, September 2005 at Groupe URD Head Office, Provence, France. Véronique de Geoffroy and Domitille Kauffmann.

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2005-12-08 - Dynamic COMPAS presentation at the ECHO Partners Conference, Brussels
The Dynamic COMPAS was presented to ECHO partners. Over one hundred NGOs visited the Dynamic COMPAS stand where they could observe a simulation of the software that will be distributed to them in June 2006.

The Dynamic COMPAS will begin its tests in mid-March and ECHO partners are invited to participate in the test process in order to validate software functionalities. The Dynamic COMPAS will be available in English, French and Spanish.


2005-10-15 - Groupe URD contributes to the debate on 'Benchmarking global humanitarian response'
DFID commissioned VALID International to conduct a review on 'Benchmarking global humanitarian response' and Groupe URD was asked to contribute to this debate. This initiative aims to tackle important issues, such as the need to objectivise situations and to evaluate the impact of aid, etc., but is based on a series of postulates or hypotheses that are challenged in this article, including: whether the existence of universal standards allows humanitarian actors to assess a given situation objectively, or evaluate the quality of aid objectively, whether it is possible to establish a link between the quality of aid and the way in which the context is changing, and whether the global humanitarian community share a common responsibility. François Grünewald, Véronique de Geoffroy and Hugues Maury.


2005-09-01 - Dynamic COMPAS receives funding from ECHO
The Dynamic COMPAS is the electronic version of the Quality COMPAS method. Groupe URD launches the Dynamic COMPAS project thanks to funding from the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission.

The Dynamic COMPAS project aims to develop a software for NGOs wishing to adopt a quality assurance approach. The Dynamic COMPAS will also facilitate report writing, data management and project monitoring. ECHO is covering 85% of project costs, i.e. €124,075, under the Grant Facility 2005.


2004-06-23 - Launch of the Quality COMPAS
Given the difficulties involved in implementing a project in highly volatile and complex crisis contexts, it is necessary to develop a quality method which is specifically adapted to humanitarian interventions. The Quality COMPAS is a quality method based on four years of applied research carried out by Groupe URD, in conjunction with NGO partners. It is also integrated into Coordination Sud’s Synergie Qualité project. The Quality COMPAS was officially launched on 23 June 2005 at the Centre des Conférences International, 19 Avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris.


0000-00-00 - Training course: Quality Management in Humanitarian Action (Quality COMPAS & Dynamic COMPAS) (Plaisians en Provence, 14 to 18 June 2010)



 
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