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.

This initiative is a DFID-funded partnership between Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University.

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 involves 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.
  • 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 GB 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 back on this page in May 2015 for the next round of Calls for Proposals for evidence synthesis.

Subsequent Calls for Proposals will be released in September 2015.

Prior calls: In February 2015, the Humanitarian Evidence Program launched a Call for Proposals to synthesize evidence on the topics of (1) acute malnutrition, (2) market support interventions, and (3) shelter and settlement strategies in humanitarian emergencies. This call is now closed.

In May 2015, the Humanitarian Evidence Program launched additional Calls for Proposals to synthesize evidence on the topics of (4) child protection, (5) mental health in humanitarian settings, (6) WASH in humanitarian emergencies, and (7) urban humanitarian action. This call is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in the Humanitarian Evidence Program!

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