HOW ARE WEDOING? Needs assessment: Early warning: more Evaluation: mainly qualitative; variety of challenges of accurate, approaches, local voices absent; reliance on of attribution analysis expert challenges knowledge
Do weUSE Evaluations: selective use Early warning: not always used; over-reliance on outcome indicators Policymaking: evidence use Needs assessment: dependence on depends on ownership unrelated factors; monitoring for updateEVIDENCE?
Truth/accuracy RepresentativenessEmpiricist and phenomenologicalEVIDENCE Quality Accountability Understandingused to decide when and how to respondSignificance Generalisability Attribution
There areMORE QUESTIONSThese include…THAN ANSWERS
How can we determine whenevidence is ‘good enough’ inhumanitarian contexts?
Does our thinking aroundevidence privilege or devaluecertain types of information?
What should the relative roles ofresearch and programmefunctions be in building anevidence base?
What can we learn from othersectors about generation anduse of evidence?
What role should evidence playin decision-making?
How can decision-makersbalance different types ofevidence?
Bri ngi ng peopl e togetherso conversati ons can happen
THANK YOUJohn Mitchell, ALNAP5 March 2013 l 28th ALNAP Annual Meeting lWashington DC