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Using humanitarian evaluations


Interactive ALNAP Study
Using evaluation for a change:
Insights from humanitarian practicioners
L'évaluation pour un vrai changement : Le point
de vue des praticiens humanitaires

Usando evaluaciones
para un cambio real: Perspectiva de los
especialistas humanitarios

Valid International
and ALNAP have developed 'Using evaluation for a change', an interactive study that aims to increase individuals', teams' and organisations' ability to commission, conduct, and utilise evaluations in a more effective way.

In June 2014, we hosted a webinar with the authors, Francesca Bonino and Alistair Hallam, introducing this interactive study.

Why a study on using evaluations?

For over seven years ALNAP has been involved in research to find out how the humanitarian system can benefit from evaluations and how barriers to utilising evaluation findings can be overcome. 

Significant evaluation expertise resides within the organisations that make up ALNAP’s Membership, and there is considerable untapped potential for cross-organisational learning in this area.

We have seen a significant increase in the quality and quantity of humanitarian evaluations over the past years. We have also witnessed a significant amount of learning that has taken place within organisations as to the best way to commission, carry-out and follow-up on evaluations. However, as Peta Sandison has stated in our 2006 Review of Humanitarian Action, it has become clear that opportunities to maximise benefit from evaluations are not always taken.


Latest discussions from the Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice

10 November: 3rd EHA Method Note: Participatory Evaluation - ensuring quality evidence

Dear EHA Community of Practice, We would like to share the third in this series of EHA discussion pieces exploring the issue of evidential quality in humanitarian evaluation. You can find our previous EHA method notes here on representativeness <

28 October: EHA, let’s do some stretches! Series on EHA Guide feedback (post 4) - What do you think?

Hello! I couldn't agree more that flexibility is both exceedingly beneficial and often difficult to build in. I would add two examples. The first goes under Terms of Reference and the second under Communication and Dissemination. ...

8 September: EHA Method note 4: Causation in evaluation – request for inputs and examples

Dear EHA CoP members - The final EHA method note in this series on the quality of evidence in humanitarian evaluation will explore the issue of causation. Establishing the relationship between cause and effect is especially challenging in humanitarian situations because there are nu...

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