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The Humanitarian Evidence Program
Humanitarian actors and researchers have amassed evidence about the state of knowledge in the humanitarian sector, including assessments of what works and what does not work. Synthesizing this information and making it readily available to policymakers and humanitarian practitioners remains challenging. The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of reviews to distil humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.
The Humanitarian Evidence Program aims to strengthen the evidence base of humanitarian policy and practice and to enhance the availability of this evidence-based research to decision-makers. This includes, but is not limited to, the following key activities:
- Consulting key stakeholders in the humanitarian sector to identify the key areas and questions for evidence synthesis.
- Producing guidance for how to conduct an evidence synthesis in the humanitarian field, as well as how to appraise humanitarian evidence.
- Publishing protocols for reviews.
- Engaging with researchers from low- and middle-income countries to ensure diverse representation in the humanitarian conversation.
- Making requests for proposals from humanitarian researchers and practitioners to conduct the reviews.
- Assessing proposals and selecting researchers to carry out reviews.
- Providing feedback on the draft evidence syntheses to ensure that the documents provide a rigorous synthesis and analysis of the evidence base for each research area.
- Emphasizing the significance of evidence for conversations on humanitarian policy and action. The Humanitarian Evidence Program submission on this topic was quoted in the World Humanitarian Summit synthesis report.
- Focusing on research uptake throughout the program. Final reviews will leverage existing platforms and networks in innovative ways to communicate results, spark conversation about the role of evidence-based humanitarian research, and influence policy and practice.
This program is a DFID-funded partnership between Oxfam and the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University. Oxfam and FIC are highly-recognized and respected names in the humanitarian sector and bring a range of complementary skills, experience, and capacity to support the objectives of the program. In addition to the Oxfam-FIC team, our Program Management Board will consult researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who engage in the humanitarian sector in a wide range of roles and can bring diverse perspectives to the conversation.
The reviews will be commissioned through a competitive grant process. Please check the Call for Proposals tab for a list of our current reviews and any open Calls for Proposals.
Current Call for Proposals - open until November 19, 2015:
The Humanitarian Evidence Program is currently accepting applications to synthesize evidence on the topics of (1) the impact of food aid on pastoralist livelihoods in humanitarian crises and (2) market support interventions in humanitarian emergencies. For more information, including the Terms of Reference and application, please visit the Oxfam website.
Prior calls: In February 2015, the Humanitarian Evidence Program launched a Call for Proposals to synthesize evidence on the topics of (1) acute malnutrition, and (2) shelter and settlement strategies in humanitarian emergencies. This call is now closed and the reviews are underway.
In May 2015, the Humanitarian Evidence Program launched additional Calls for Proposals to synthesize evidence on the topics of (3) child protection, (4) mental health in humanitarian settings, (5) WASH in humanitarian emergencies, and (6) urban humanitarian action. This call is now closed and the reviews are underway.
Thank you for your interest in the Humanitarian Evidence Program!
This paper synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Programme. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence, including but not limited to researchers,...Read More
This catalogue accompanies a full report that synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Programme. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence, including...Read More
This Briefing Paper accompanies a full report that synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Programme. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence,...Read More
This Guidance Note discusses an approach to systematic evidence synthesis in the humanitarian field. Though its recommendations explicitly apply to the evidence synthesis outputs commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme,...Read More
This publication accompanies a catalog of existing evidence syntheses in the humanitarian sector and discusses the methodological approach to this exercise. The purpose of this study was three-fold: (a) to identify...Read More
How has the humanitarian sector synthesized and catalogued evidence based-research between 2009 and the present? The attached map is a starting point for identifying existing evidence synthesis outputs in this...Read More