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The quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action

Lack of evidence makes humanitarian action less effective, less ethical and less accountable. Yet the debate around evidence in the humanitarian sector is only starting.

What is evidence and what do we need it for? How good is the evidence that is currently available? How can we improve the quality and use of evidence? Does evidence get used by decision-makers?

Webinar Series: Bridging The Evidence Gap

Bridging the Evidence Gap, ALNAP's latest webinar series, highlights new tools, research and initiatives which have taken on a more evidence-driven approach to humanitarian action. Through this series we will explore the methodologies and creative designs on the cutting edge and their direct relevance to practitioners.

Latest webinar: Up to standard: The role of evidence in the Sphere Standard revision process

Click here to find out more, and watch previous webinars.

ALNAP Study: 'Insufficient Evidence?'

What is evidence and what do we need it for? How good is the evidence that is currently available? How can we improve the quality and use of evidence? Does evidence get used by decision-makers? 

In Insufficient evidence? ALNAP looked into these questions and identified six criteria to judge the quality of evidence that is generated and used in humanitarian action:
  

 

 


Watch
the launch of the 'Insufficient Evidence?'

 


Listen to experts' views on the importance of evidence

Mary B. Anderson
Founder and former Executive Director of CDA Collaborative Learning Projects; author of Time to Listen

Joanna Macrae
Humanitarian Head of Profession and Senior Research Adviser, UK Department of International Development

Anthony Redmond
Deputy Director, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester

Peter Walker
Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

 

"If you believe in impartiality... you have to be evidence-based."

P. Walker, M.B. Anderson, J. Macrae

What constitutes evidence?

A. Redmond, M.B. Anderson, J. Macrae 

 

Why does evidence matter?

P. Walker, M.B. Anderson

 

 

Useful links

Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS)
Improving the assessment of needs in complex emergencies and crises.

Evidence Aid
Providing resources for decision-makers before, during and after disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.

 

Important resources

The Use of Evidence in Humanitarian Decision Making

ACAPS Operational Learning Paper

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