July 2013


July 2013: Evidence Aid was cited by DFID in Annex 2 of the Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme Proposal for funding (Project title: Improving access to humanitarian evidence: research synthesis and communication for decision makers and practitioners). They said:

There are a few good examples of research synthesis[1] in the humanitarian space, including Good Practice Reviews by the Humanitarian Practice Network and the evidence products produced by Evidence Aid. But the rate at which these are published and their breadth in terms of sectorial coverage, does not currently meet the requirements of practitioners and decision-makers if the humanitarian community is to become more evidence-based.

They went on to describe Evidence Aid as follows:

Cochrane Collaboration: Evidence Aid

The Cochrane Collaboration’s Evidence Aid project was established by The Cochrane Collaboration following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004[2]. It uses knowledge from Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. Evidence Aid seeks to highlight which interventions work, which don’t work, which need more research, and which, no matter how well meaning, might be harmful; and to provide this information to agencies and people planning for, or responding to, disasters. Examples of systematic reviews conducted by Cochrane Evidence Aid include: resources for earthquakes, resources for Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and special collection on the treatment of burns. However, Evidence Aid’s Systematic Review, whilst employing a robust methodology, are narrow in that they only address research questions in relation to health and humanitarian emergencies.


[1] Research synthesis here relates to the organisation of findings from several disparate evidence sources. It enables the researcher to gather results and findings from different sources, undertaken by different people at different places and times, and ask several research questions about the group of sources.