Who we are


Evidence Aid is a not-for-profit organisation (registered in the UK as a charity no.1163111) which specialises in collating and summarising the best-available evidence about how to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.

Using Evidence, Saving Lives

Humanitarian emergencies affect tens of millions of people every year, destroying lives and livelihoods. In the aftermath of a crisis, it is vital that those involved in delivering aid have access to the best available evidence to guide their actions. The right evidence, in the right form, in the right hands can save lives.

When an emergency strikes, aid agencies work hard to ensure that they deliver the best possible interventions. But it is often difficult to keep on top of the latest development in research and evaluation. Not all research is readily accessible (or even published). Research is not always carried out to a consistent standard and the recommendations for practitioners are not always clear.

Working both prior to and during emergencies, Evidence Aid works to ensure that humanitarian actors have access to the very latest evidence, presented in clear, simple formats, so that they can design and deliver the interventions that will be most likely to save lives and livelihoods.

Our History

Evidence Aid was established after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 as part of the Cochrane medical research network. Having become an independent charity in 2015, Evidence Aid works with partners and contributors around the world to provide people and organisations with the evidence they need to make well informed decisions following disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.

Our Purpose

Before, during and after disasters, the best available evidence is used to design interventions, strategies and policies to assist those affected, or at risk

Our Outcomes

  • Enhanced availability and accessibility of high-quality, usable evidence
  • Enhanced responsiveness of research to the needs of those making decisions about disasters
  • Skills, behaviours, attitudes, decision-making structures and incentives support evidence-based action in disasters

More information about our strategy can be found here.