As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes increasingly protracted, WHO has developed a Guidance for Conducting a Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) and ten accompanying tools for countries to conduct periodic reviews of their response during this public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). A Country COVID-19 IAR is a country-led facilitated process that allows stakeholders of the ongoing COVID-19 response to review the functional capacities of public health and emergency response systems at the national or subnational levels to identify best practices, gaps and lessons learned, and propose corrective measures and actions for immediate remediation or sustained improvement of the COVID-19 outbreak response. The course consists of four modules, quizzes after each module and a final assessment.

Disclaimer: Since the launch of this online course, WHO has now published an addendum to the Guidance for conducting a country COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR), which provides additional directions and supplements but does not replace the guidance. Please also note that the accompanying tools have also been updated and revised accordingly. Please refer to the IAR webpage for the most updated materials and proposed public health response pillars for countries’ consideration during an IAR.

Self-paced
Language: English
COVID-19

Course information

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Overview: The Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) is a facilitated process that brings together COVID-19 responders from multiple sectors for experience sharing and collective learning, and it has been modelled after the WHO After Action Review (AAR) methodology. This course provides a general introduction to the management and the facilitation of an IAR during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through presentations, quizzes and an assessment at the end of the course to test the knowledge acquired. It targets any individuals or entities involved in the preparedness of and response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the national or subnational levels, including but not limited to Government officials, WHO staff, public health professionals, communities and partners.

Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the context and the purpose of a Country COVID-19 IAR;
  • Describe the general flow of the Country COVID-19 IAR process;
  • Describe the resources available for conducting an IAR, when to use them, and where to find them;
  • Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of the IAR lead coordinator, facilitators, moderator, note-takers and report writer, IT support, and participants in the IAR process and describe the techniques for participatory facilitation and tips for online facilitation.

Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

Course contents

  • Course overview: Management and facilitation of a country COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR):

    This course overview explains the rationale for developing the "Guidance for conducting a country COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR)", and outlines what will be covered in the four modules
  • Module 1: Country COVID-19 IAR – Context and purpose:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to: Explain the context and the purpose of a Country COVID-19 IAR.
  • Module 2: Overview of country COVID-19 IAR methodology and steps for conducting an IAR:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to: Describe the general flow of the Country COVID-19 IAR process.
  • Module 3: Available resources for planning, conducting, and follow-up on an IAR:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to: Describe the resources available for conducting an IAR, when to use them, and where to find them.
  • Module 4: Key roles in the IAR, facilitation tips and online set-up:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to: Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of the IAR lead coordinator, facilitators, moderator, note-takers and report writer, IT support, and participants in the IAR process and describe the techniques for participatory facilitation and tips for online facilitation.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.