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  and the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 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 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 the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 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.

There are currently no open Calls for Proposals. All Humanitarian Evidence Program reviews are underway. Please check our Publications tab, as well as the dedicated tab for our evidence synthesis protocols.

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.

In December 2015 – January 2016, The Humanitarian Evidence Program launched additional Calls for Proposals to synthesize evidence on the topics of (7) the impact of food aid on pastoralist livelihoods in humanitarian crises and (8) market support interventions in humanitarian emergencies. This call is now closed and reviews are underway.

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Thank you for your interest in the Humanitarian Evidence Program!

Relationships between recovery and relapse, and default and repeated episodes of default in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review protocol
Top_92469_Abbie Trayler-Smith Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on acute malnutrition in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the evidence on the relationship between recovery and/or cure...

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Impact of WASH Interventions during Disease Outbreaks in Humanitarian Emergencies: A systematic review protocol
Top choice_87173_ Pablo Tosco Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on WASH in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks “What are the outcomes and impacts of WASH interventions during disease outbreaks...

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The effectiveness and efficiency of interventions supporting shelter self-recovery following humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis protocol
ShelterImage_92688_Credit_Jes Aznar Oxfam_TripureshnorVDC_08

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on shelter in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the evidence on the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions that...

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The impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children in humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis protocol
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This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on child protection in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated...

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What are the practices to identify and prioritize vulnerable populations affected by urban humanitarian emergencies? A systematic review protocol
Top_97186 Kiran Oherty-Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on urban humanitarian action. The evidence synthesis asks, “What are the practices to identify and prioritize populations affected by urban humanitarian...

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The impact of mental health and psychosocial support programs for populations affected by humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review protocol

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks “What are the effects of mental health and...

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Evidence Synthesis in the Humanitarian Sector: A Guidance Note
By Roxanne Krystalli, Eleanor Ott | February 2015

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,...

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Synthesizing practices of evidence appraisal in the humanitarian field
PeopleOnTheMove
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

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,...

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Catalogue of Evidence Appraisal Practices
By Lauren Emerson | November 2015

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...

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Briefing Paper: Synthesizing evidence appraisal practices in the humanitarian field
PeopleOnTheMove
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

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,...

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Mapping Evidence Syntheses in the Humanitarian Sector: Insights and Challenges

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...

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Humanitarian Evidence Syntheses: A Mapping Exercise
By Kristin Bushby | April 2015

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...

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Relationships between recovery and relapse, and default and repeated episodes of default in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review protocol
Top_92469_Abbie Trayler-Smith Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on acute malnutrition in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the evidence on the relationship between recovery and/or cure...

Read More
Impact of WASH Interventions during Disease Outbreaks in Humanitarian Emergencies: A systematic review protocol
Top choice_87173_ Pablo Tosco Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on WASH in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks “What are the outcomes and impacts of WASH interventions during disease outbreaks...

Read More
The effectiveness and efficiency of interventions supporting shelter self-recovery following humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis protocol
ShelterImage_92688_Credit_Jes Aznar Oxfam_TripureshnorVDC_08

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on shelter in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the evidence on the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions that...

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The impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children in humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis protocol
97362

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on child protection in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks: “What is the impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated...

Read More
What are the practices to identify and prioritize vulnerable populations affected by urban humanitarian emergencies? A systematic review protocol
Top_97186 Kiran Oherty-Oxfam

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on urban humanitarian action. The evidence synthesis asks, “What are the practices to identify and prioritize populations affected by urban humanitarian...

Read More
The impact of mental health and psychosocial support programs for populations affected by humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review protocol

This protocol details the methodology for an evidence synthesis on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises. The evidence synthesis asks “What are the effects of mental health and...

Read More