What evidence is available and what is required in humanitarian assistance?

What evidence is available and what is required in humanitarian assistance?

3ie Scoping paper 1

Mike Clarke, Claire Allen, Frank Archer, Diana Wong, Anneli Eriksson and Jyotsna Puri

Most areas in the humanitarian sector suffer from a paucity of evidence. This scoping paper provides an independent analysis of the evidence base of evaluations in humanitarian assistance.It identifies areas where there are key gaps and where there is a need to prioritise rigorous evidence so that research can be conducted on issues that are most important and valuable.

The study by Mike Clarke, Claire Allen, Frank Archer, Diana Wong, Anneli Eriksson and Jyotsna Puri incorporated a wide array of methods to assess available evidence, including an online survey of participants, interviews with humanitarian sector experts, and extensive literature reviews of humanitarian studies and strategy documents of major humanitarian organisations. It also includes an evidence gap map that presents the results of a thorough search for completed, ongoing and planned impact evaluations of humanitarian interventions.

The scoping study presents conclusions about a general lack of reliable and robust evidence from studies assessing the causal relationship between a policy or intervention and outcomes or impact.

This scoping paper is part of background scoping research and consultation undertaken to assess the scope and methods for impact evaluation in the humanitarian sector. The working paper, What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance? examines the extent to which impact evaluation methods can provide evidence to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency in humanitarian action.

Scoping paper 8

Promoting latrine use in India

Scoping report 3ie 2017

To inform 3ie’s Promoting Latrine Use in Rural India Thematic Window, we undertook a scoping study to identify the state of rigorous evidence in this area and to find out what decision makers, impl

Scoping paper 9

Understanding financial risks for smallholder farmers in low-and middle-income countries: what do we know and not know?

Scoping report 3ie 2017

3ie undertook this scoping study to inform the focus for the Agricultural Insurance Thematic Window grant-making.

3ie Scoping Paper 2

The current state of peacebuilding programming and evidence

Scoping report 3ie 2015

Currently very few conflict-affected countries have met a single Millennium Development Goal.

Engaging communities for increasing immunisation coverage: what do we know?

Engaging communities for increasing immunisation coverage: what do we know?

Scoping report 3ie 2015

Immunisation coverage rates continue to stagnate or even decline in some parts of the world.

The state of evidence on the impact of transferable skills programming on youth in low- and middle-income countries

The state of evidence on the impact of transferable skills programming on youth in low- and middle-income countries

Scoping report 3ie 2015

Young people make up the majority of the world’s population, and the majority of those young people are in the developing world (USAID 2012).