An evidence-based approach to decision making in the humanitarian sector


An Evidence-Based Approach to Decision Making in the Humanitarian Sector

Workshop (free to attend) – 22 June 2017, 14.30 – 16.00

The Workshop

Evidence-based decision making is now commonplace in most sectors of policy and practice. It helps policy makers and practitioners make better decisions, and achieve better outcomes, by putting existing evidence at the heart of the decision making process. Where there is little or no evidence on the nature of the problem at hand, or on effective ways of responding, this can guide the research community to undertake appropriate research and evaluation to fill these knowledge gaps.

Evidence alone, however, does not tell decision makers what to do.  Good decision making involves integrating sound evidence with decision makers’ knowledge, skills, experience, expertise and judgement. This workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of what evidence-based decision making is all about, and of how it can be used to make a difference in the humanitarian sector. It will guide participants through different types of evidence, how to access such evidence, and how to overcome the barriers to getting evidence into policy and practice.

The workshop will be participatory and will consist of presentations and group discussions and exercises. Examples will be given of how an evidence-based approach has made a difference in the humanitarian and other sectors.  It will also get participants to identify the most influential actors in the humanitarian sector, and to consider how these networks of influence can use the best available evidence more effectively.

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at people who work in the humanitarian and allied sectors, with the goal of transferring knowledge, skills and experience between participants.  Participants will be invited ahead of the workshop to identify what the humanitarian sector needs to know, and what types of evidence would help to people in the sector make better decisions.

The Workshop Facilitator

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Philip Davies. Philip has extensive experience of facilitating workshops on evidence-based policy in various parts of the world. He has taught courses on policy evaluation, the analysis and use of evidence, and evidence-based decision making in the UK and in the USA, Canada, and various countries of Europe, Africa, Australasia. Philip has worked in academia (University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), the civil service (UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury), and the private research and evaluation sector (American Institutes for Research and Oxford Evidentia).  Philip has substantive knowledge and expertise in health and health care, education, social welfare, crime and justice, and international development.

Bonus activity

As part of the Evidence Aid and Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (University of Oxford) partnership, we will be offering attendees free access to the last session of the prestigious conference, Evidence Live. This is a not to be missed opportunity!

Registration: Registration is free but as numbers are limited you should register by e-mailing Claire Allen ( Numbers are limited, so book your place soon!

Venue: Meeting Room 3, 1st Floor, Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG.

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