Ready to role: Simulations in humanitarian capacity-building

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RedR UK’s recent use of simulation in its training has demonstrated that there is a strong argument for the value of this methodology. A new learning paper aims to outline the benefits.

"RedR UK has long been using simulations within our learning programmes," says Programme Manager Katie Robertson. "The majority of our face-to-face trainings now include a simulation component, enabling participants to immediately put newly-acquired knowledge and skills to the test in a practical exercise." 

RedR's experience is indicative of a wider trend: standalone simulations are becoming increasingly popular across the humanitarian sector, and online simulation has become a viable learning option through the development and use of gaming technology, such as the Mission Ready platform created by RedR UK and Digital Training Solutions (DTS). 

This paper aims to contribute to thinking on the benefits of simulations, at both individual and organisational level. Authors Katie Robertson and Emily Fereday draw on RedR’s experience to consider the range of types of simulation, key considerations in simulation design, and the evaluation of simulation effectiveness.

Download the paper.

I knew the training was going to be 'interactive', but I didn’t expect we’d be doing a scenario, working with a limited budget and within a tight timeframe. When we’re doing these things in real life we may have a month or two to complete our tasks. But here, we had to finish everything within a day! In this way, the training exceeded my expectations.

Min Htut

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Rakhine State, Myanmar