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Do we all speak and practice “humanitarian” in the same way?

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Authors: Clara Egger  and Doris Schopper
Earlier this year, more than 1000 people from humanitarian organisations and networks responded to our online survey exploring how meanings and uses of concepts central to the humanitarian field are perceived by practitioners. 766 respondents answered all the questions, revealing reasonable …

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Long term impacts of shelter programmes

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Author: Charles Parrack, Oxford Brookes University
Earlier this year, the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University in the UK welcomed people from various backgrounds to a workshop on longitudinal studies in shelter. Longitudinal studies are by no means a new concept …

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Refugee mental health: exploring the impact of community-based psychosocial interventions

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Author: Dr Ross White, University of Liverpool
The UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) indicated that, as of the end of 2017, 68.5 million people across the world had been forced to leave their homes [1]. Of all the continents, Africa hosts the largest number of …

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“Because rolling dice, asking for divine intervention and taking wild stabs at the problem don’t work”: The use of evidence in humanitarian response

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Authors: Dell Saulnier, Claire Allen, Anneli Eriksson, Ben Heaven Taylor
Generating and using scientific evidence in humanitarian contexts is not easy. High quality research evidence requires foresight, time, money, human resources, collaboration and buy-in from numerous …

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How can evidence-based practice support forecast-based financing

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Authors: Anne-Catherine Vanhove, Trui Van Ackere, Philippe Vandekerckhove, Emmy De Buck
Forecast-based financing (FbF) aims to bridge disaster risk reduction and disaster response, by using a weather forecast for rapid-onset hazards such as floods, extreme cold or cyclones to trigger action just before a disaster happens. …

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Evidence checker tool

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Authors: Prisca Benelli and Ehtisham Ul Hassan
Even though the breadth and quality of evidence on interventions in humanitarian crises is limited, as has been shown by, for instance, Blanchet et al, 2017 for health and Williamson et al, 2017 for child protection, there is a growing …

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How to run experiments, when you can’t afford a randomized trial

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Author: Tom Wein
Experiments are powerful – but field randomized trials, or RCTs, can be expensive. From survey experiments to work in the lab, there are other ways of gathering causal evidence.
Good evidence delivers better programming. Often, to get the best evidence, we turn …

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The Supertowel: Using evidence to drive innovation in humanitarian handwashing interventions

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Authors: Sian White, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Torben Holm Larsen, Real Relief
A young Eritrean girl hides behind her mother’s skirt and watches intensely as we show her household how to use the Supertowel. We give …

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Making the case for health research in humanitarian crises: A call for case examples

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Authors: Amit Mistry & Blythe Beecroft
Humanitarian crises are affecting hundreds of millions of lives around the world right now, with one in six children living in or near a conflict zone[i] and more people forced to flee their homes than at any time in recent …

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Research in humanitarian crises – ethics and evidence gathering

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Author: Julian Sheather
Confronted with a humanitarian crisis, whether it be the outbreak of a deadly infectious disease or the aftermath of a natural disaster, responders want to know what works, and they want to know this quickly.
What impact do specified anti-virals have on an Ebola …

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