3ie and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) hosted a seminar on Impact Evaluations of Humanitarian Interventions: Methods and Practice on 20 March 2014 in London.
This seminar brought together policymakers, evaluation experts, practitioners and programme managers to discuss the challenges of undertaking impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance interventions.
Speakers: Dr Tilman Bruck, Director, Stockholm Peace Research Institute and Dr Jyotsna (Jo) Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, 3ie
Time: 17.30 - 19 hrs
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT UK
Humanitarian crises are complex situations where the demand for aid far exceeds its supply. So each dollar spent should be used effectively. Impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance can help ensure that this, and also respond to the increasing call for evidence- based policy in the sector.
Conducting impact evaluations can be challenging, especially in humanitarian situations. Impact evaluations of both rapid-onset and slow-onset protracted crises must deal with disrupted communities, mismatch between resources and need, absence of baseline data and, finding a valid comparison group.
During the seminar, Prof Tilman Brück and Dr Jyotsna Puri will be speaking about some of the challenges in conducting impact evaluations in humanitarian situations and ways to deal with those challenges.