Finding the evidence for global and disaster health (IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group hosted this webinar in conjunction with Evidence Aid, as part of Humanitarian Evidence Week. Speakers: Isla Kuhn, Medical Librarian at Cambridge University, and Caroline De Brún, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist at Public Health England (PHE), presented the session with Emma Farrow from PHE acting as Chair. The first half of the session reported on the Library and Information Services project (HIFA LIS), a collaboration between Healthcare Information For All, Evidence Aid, and PHE. You can read more about the project outputs here. This work informed the development of the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group. Follow the progress of this SIG online and on Twitter at #E4GDH. The second half of the webinar described seven freely-available information sources for finding global and disaster health evidence. These were: Evidence Aid resources ¦ NLM Disaster Management Research Center ¦ TRIP Database ¦ MEDBOX ¦ WHO Global Index Medicus and OpenWHO ¦ International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and CARL Critical Appraisal Library. The presenters shared supporting material via a Padlet and announced a new E4GDH resource guide on Finding the Evidence.)
Accessing evidence in times of crisis (The National Library of Medicine (NLM) hosted a webinar that highlighted the work of several international organizations as part of HEW 2018. Ben Heaven Taylor, CEO, Evidence Aid, introduced their work in providing access to evidence-based information on interventions during disasters. Caroline de Brun, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist, Public Health England (PHE), discussed the PHE collaboration with Evidence Aid and Healthcare Information For All to investigate the role of libraries in supporting teams working in disaster zones, by helping them find and use evidence. Her presentation looked at the outputs from that collaboration, and described the work that has followed on, leading to the launch of an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Evidence For Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group.)
The use of evidence synthesis in the humanitarian field – experiences of humanitarian field workers in Lebanon
1968 – 2018 : Humanitarian concepts across time and spaces – Presented by CERAH together with Humanitarian Alternatives Review (On November 20th the Humanitarian Encyclopedia governing bodies reached an important milestone by identifying the key humanitarian concepts that will drive the next research phase of the project. To celebrate this moment, CERAH together with Humanitarian Alternatives Review organised an event to discuss how concepts central to humanitarian practice have evolved since 1968 and the birth of sans-frontiérisme. It was the opportunity for two authors of the newly released issue of Humanitarian Alternatives to present their findings on the evolution of the humanitarian conceptual frame. Three young doctoral researchers then presented their research projects, highlighting the concerns of a new generation of researchers.)
How to amplify your impact in international child health using the BMA Humanitarian Fund (The BMA International team and 2017 BMA Humanitarian Fund recipient, Dr Emily Clark, discuss considerations for healthcare professionals seeking to amplify their impact in an international setting and how the BMA Humanitarian Fund can support these aims.)
Evidence reviews and field data collection to strengthen disaster preparedness and response at the Red Cross: In the first part of this webinar, the usefulness and need for more scientific evidence in humanitarian aid is demonstrated. In addition, you will receive an introduction to Evidence-Based Practice, and to the different research types that are being used by Belgian Red Cross, namely: Type A research = planning, monitoring evaluating and reporting of your ongoing projects; Type B research = developing guidelines and systematic reviews by looking at the existing literature; Type C research = setting up a primary field study involving an intervention and a control group. In the largest part of the presentation, you will learn some practical tools on how to conduct and how to incorporate each research type into your field work. The goal of this webinar is to convince you that while research in a disaster setting is difficult, it is NOT impossible. Future research is needed to ensure that humanitarian aid becomes more (cost-)effective.
The Dignity Project: Is your program respectful? The Dignity Project creates open access, ready-translated tools to help people measure this.
Evidence Aid and the evidence collection of the Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Claire Allen and Abi Kirubarajan.
Watch the video recording of ‘Improving evidence-based decision making and accountability in humanitarian response: Opportunities from the RECAP project’. With panelists Bayard Roberts (LSHTM), Alice Obrecht (ALNAP) and Gareth Owen (Save the Children), and chaired by Jeroen Jansen of Evidence Aid