Towards evidence-aware humanitarian practice: the role of donorsPresentation Transcript
Towards evidence-awarehumanitarian practice: the role ofdonors Joanna Macrae Head of Profession and Senior Research Adviser, DFID
Overview• Evolution of evidence-based policy in the UK• DFID’s approach to evidence-based development practice;• Evidence-aware humanitarian action: what is DFID doing?
Evidence-based policy in the UK• 1999 and 2001 key White Papers ‘modernising government’• Increased investment in publicly funded research – with the expectation of practical application• Learning from medicine
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Decision Eg Training and Nice, centre guidance materials specific guidance Effective dissemination of knowledge Synthesis of evidence CochraneCommissioning frameworks RCT Agreement on s the nature of evidence Elements of evidence-aware
But…..how applicable is the medical model?• What is truth?• Whose evidence?
Evidence-based development: DFID’s approach• 2006 White Paper provided for increased investment;• 2008 research strategy published• Building the systems for evidence-based development – Invest in primary evidence base – Invest in synthesis – Increase incentives for technical excellence an use of evidence
Why is evidence-aware humanitarian practiceimportant• Principles• Effectiveness• Accountability
Applying evidence-based approaches in humanitarian practice: DFID’s approach• HERR• Strategy
Do weCommissioning have frameworks enough good evidenceAgreement on the nature of evidence Primary evidence base
Effective dissemination of knowledge What do we really know? Synthesis of existing evidence Commissionin Do we g frameworks have enough good evidence? Agreement on the nature of evidence Primary evidence base
Professional What are the Incentives to use and skilled incentives to evidence in practice use evidence? decision- making How can we make evidence Training and accessible to guidance materials practitioners?Effective dissemination of knowledge What do we really know? Synthesis of existing evidence What are the Commissionin main priorities g frameworks for more evidence? What is Agreement on good the nature of evidence? evidence Primary evidence base
Challenges• Knowledge and power• Capacity• Incentives to use evidence• Defining good enough