Humanitarian Evidence: 4th Evidence Aid International Conference – Washington, USA, 17 & 18 November 2016


Humanitarian Evidence

4th Evidence Aid International Conference

Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC

17 & 18 November 2016, Washington DC, USA

Evidence Aid in collaboration with Georgetown University, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


Agenda: The full agenda for the two-day meeting can be found here – a longer version with more details here.

Presentations: We are grateful to the following speakers for allowing their presentations to be fully accessible from this page:

Luis Gabriel Cuervo – Using lessons learned to change behavior by emergency responders, populations, policy makers and donors.

Virginia Murray – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and its call for evidence based science.

Silke Pietzsch – Research on food assistance for nutritional impact.

Alice Obrecht – The State of the Humanitarian System (for a copy of this presentation, please e-mail Claire Allen).

Karen Robinson – Improving return on public health investments in disasters with evidence synthesis.

Paul Simpson – Reporting and publishing disaster related medical and health research in international journals.

Paul Spiegel – Evidence-based public health practice in humanitarian settings.

Steve Waller – From recovery to development: What knowledge should we use in this transitional phase?

Who should attend: The topics covered in this conference will appeal to forward looking professionals involved in risk management, public health, environmental policy making, and those who are responding to, or preparing for, disasters, humanitarian crises, or other major healthcare emergencies.

About: Continuing the successful tradition of Evidence Aid’s international conferences, the 4th conference is inspired by the findings of a Policy Delphi Study that has been carried out in conjunction with the conference.  The conference presentations and interactive discussion will address the access and uptake of robust evidence and how to facilitate appropriate use so that decisions on the ground use the best knowledge when responding to or preparing for disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.

The Policy Delphi Study (a report of the results of Round 1 can be found here) was led by Georgetown University in association with Evidence Aid, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). It engaged a wide range of key stakeholders in dialogue regarding disaster responses, including evidence for best practices in disaster response, approaches to improving investments in disaster response with Cochrane-style (systematic review) analysis of evidence, identification of gaps in the evidence base for disaster response; and factors that impact on effective disaster response.

The Policy Delphi Study has been based around five themes:

  1. To what extent is evidence for best practices in disaster response available to a wide range of stakeholders?
  2. To what extent is Cochrane-style (systematic review) analysis used to assess evidence for best practices in disaster response?
  3. What are the most effective approaches to improving the cost-effectiveness of investments in disaster response?
  4. How can the ethical, legal and social issues related to disaster response decision-making be most effectively addressed?
  5. What are the factors that impact on effective disaster response decision-making?

Along with the discussions of the findings of the Policy Delphi Study, the conference will include keynote presentations and panels addressing related issues. There will be influential speakers from a variety of organisations and universities, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Active Learning Network for Accountability (ALNAP) and Performance in Humanitarian Action, Public Health England and Johns Hopkins University.

The conference will be preceded by a one day workshop (please note that the course is now full and we are holding a ‘wait list’): ‘An introduction to the use of systematic reviews and other research evidence in the humanitarian context’, taking place at PAHO/WHO Headquarters in Washington DC. More information on this learning event, including how to register, can be found here.

Join us:

Conference venue: Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Date: 17 & 18 November 2016

Registration fee (including lunch and refreshments on both days): US$225 – Payment can be made in two ways (i) via PayPal here, or by (ii) wire transfer. If you wish to pay by wire transfer, please contact Claire Allen ( or Jane Higgins ( who will issue you with an invoice. If you pay via PayPal, please bring your proof of payment to the conference.

Discounted rate for students and interns (on receipt of proof of student/internship status): US$50 – For registration please send your proof of students status to Claire Allen ( or Jane Higgins ( and you will be provided with a URL for PayPal payment.

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