Evidence of What Works

Data and knowledge to inform aid decisions have improved greatly in the last 20 years. In all models of planning, programming and change the cyclical process requires information and data to provide the evidence for the next iteration of action. Recent global conversations on issues such as the effectiveness of humanitarian action, child survival, value for money and many others, indicate the need for more attention to operational research and evidence generation on actually What Works on the ground.

The increased attention to evaluations of all aspects of the humanitarian system is highlighting common themes including the gap between the generation of evidence and its rapid use in the field. The innovative use of technology, such as mobile phones, often increasingly involving partnerships with the private sector, offers opportunities to speed up the collection of data and information and bringing analysis and availability of evidence and decision making tools closer to decision-makers on the ground and in more real-time. Many information systems are in a process of evolution taking advantage of these types of innovation but examples to date do not always achieve the last and most crucial step of turning evidence into action. What are the technological and technical approaches that would work to make evidence influence action at a local level in real-time and at scale?

Evaluation and production of learning documents are often seen as an extractive process that influences policy (slowly) with little direct benefit to the practitioners on the ground. What if the people adapting and applying the more effective aid projects were the ones also influencing how others work? Can good practice directly guide current practice through a system of cross-cultural and cross-organizational coaching, mentoring and demonstration? Can the good practice be recognized and ‘champions’ be identified to teach others throughout the region? Can innovative learning build local capacity and turn evidence into action?

CHC projects designed to answer these questions and change policy and practice:

CHC collaborated with Feinstein International Center at Tufts University to conduct a study in 6 countries, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, to consider the constraints on data collection and analysis in extreme food security emergencies in countries with a high risk of famine. There are demonstrated limitations in the availability of high-quality […]

January – December 2017. Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria This study considers the constraints on data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and the effects this has on outcome recommendations. The reports uses four cases, Yemen, Somali , Nigeria and South Sudan, and suggests means of ensuring the independence and objectivity of data collection […]

This was an interactive process, meeting frequently with programme managers, coordinators and field teams to promote a learning approach to programming through experiential learning, or “learning through reflection on doing”, at field level. During the Inception phase of the work CHC consulted with the BRCiS (Building Resilient Communities in Somalia), Consortium Management Unit (CMU) and […]

The CMAM Surge Approach has been developed by Concern Worldwide to help health systems more effectively deliver services for children with acute malnutrition. It is based on the observation that in many contexts the number of children seeking treatment for acute malnutrition tends to peak during certain months of the year. These seasonal ‘surges’ in […]

CHC is currently contracted by the System Enhancement for Transformative Health (SETH) project to support operational research in Western Kenya.  The SETH project’s objective is to improve the quality, availability and access to Maternal, New-born and Child health and nutrition services (MNCHN). A key component of the SETH project is to support the roll-out of […]

NCHC Conducted a comparative case study on famine-risk emergency context in the  4 countries to identify practical recommendations and best practices. Data systems have an emphasis on the reliability and validity of data leaving out analysis. What data is missing? Why is data missing? What to do about missing data? And how best to manage […]

CHC conducted a comparative case study on famine-risk emergency context in Nigeria and identified practical recommendations and best practices.  This research analyzed political constraints and factors constraining the linkage between information, analysis and action to develop better practice to protect the independence of analysis underpinning declarations of famine or other severe humanitarian emergencies. The Objectives […]

CHC with partners, Global Emergency Group (GEG), carried out an interactive and iterative evaluation alongside UNICEF’s response to the 2018/17 drought in Kenya, closely monitoring program activities throughout six counties severely impacted by the drought.  Over a time period of six months, and through a combination of thorough desk review and a series of extensive […]

Somalia WASH sector is operating in an extremely complex environment where socio-economic, environmental and political factors place WASH actors under tremendous pressure. Somalia is a water-scarce country but it is also a country at war with collapsed infrastructure, limited sector governance and low availability of skilled. The WASH sector has been dominated by short duration […]

Somali-led NGOs were looking to play a greater and more equal role in tackling the humanitarian crisis in Somalia using the Surge Capacity Model which enables the health system. A two-day dialogue for action on aid localization in Somalia was held in Nairobi aimed at bridging the gaps that existed between local and international actors. […]


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