Promoting an evidence based approach to humanitarian action at the World Humanitarian Summit

Event: Evidence Synthesis in the Humanitarian Field

Evidence synthesis can assist actors to understand what works and what does not work, for whom, and in which contexts in humanitarian response. This discussion will focus on insights from the process of synthesizing evidence in three areas of the humanitarian field: shelter, child protection, and mental health. The event will also invite a broader discussion of humanitarian evidence to improve policy and practice. The panel will look at: How can we tailor existing systematic review approaches to the realities of the type and quality of data in the humanitarian field? How can we critically appraise this evidence? What are some challenges in defining terminology in the humanitarian field, and how have teams overcome them? What are the limitations and potential for humanitarian evidence synthesis in terms of uptake and impact?

This event is organised by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, a partnership between Oxfam and the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, funded by DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP).

Location: DFID, 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG

Date: 14th April 2016

Time 12:30 – 13:45

Please RSVP: Dr. Ellie Ott at

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