HIEP was a joint initiative between DFID’s policy, operations and research departments that aimed to improve humanitarian outcomes by increasing the quality, quantity and use of evidence in decision-making, by catalysing and bringing to scale major innovations in humanitarian practice. Four areas of investment were prioritised: providing better information about risk, identifying which humanitarian interventions work best, building national capacity to respond to disasters, and ensuring that evidence is available and informs decision-making.
Itad used a mix of methods to undertake this complex multi-year, multi-country evaluation. At the centre of our design was a theory-based approach. We worked closely with DFID staff at the start of the evaluation to develop the theory of change that underpinned HIEP and DFID belief that through its investment in the generation of research in the humanitarian sector and its wider advocacy in the sector, it could support both better evidence-based decisions at the field level, as well as wider changes in the humanitarian system.Image © Ukaid being distributed in Pakistan. Photo Credit: DFID