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Executive Summary: Evaluation of Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme: Summative Phase Two

The Department for International Development (DFID) invested £54.6 million into a humanitarian innovation and evidence programme which began in 2013 for initially five years and now runs to 2022.

This report presents evaluation findings on its relevance, effectiveness, impact and value for money. The Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP) was designed to have an impact on humanitarian actors’ capacity to deliver improved response and resilience programmes that are effective at supporting vulnerable people. It works towards three specific outcomes:

Outcome 1
International donors, including DFID, develop funding instruments and frameworks for investment into evidence, innovation, and its applications.

Outcome 2
Humanitarian actors change skills, behaviours, relationships, cultures and systems to promote the regular integration of evidence into humanitarian and disaster risk management (DRM) interventions.

Outcome 3
Policy and practice actors invest in social, economic and political innovations that
focus on benefits for poor people in humanitarian crises.

The summative evaluation conducted by Itad, the fourth report in a five-year evaluation of HIEP that started in 2013, aims to provide both an independent assessment of progress and also to produce learning and recommendations on humanitarian evidence and innovation for DFID and the sector.