Evaluating Humanitarian Innovation

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Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture, and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. The HIF is an Elrha programme and is supported by funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). www.elrha.org/hif

ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability. www.alnap.org

Over 2015-6 ALNAP - in partnership with Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) - looked at how to de ne innovation in humanitarian action, and what successful innovation looks like. 15 innovations in the humanitarian sector were chosen as case studies to provide an empirical evidence base for the nal research study ‘More than just luck: innovation in humanitarian action’.

Following on from these foundations, ALNAP and the HIF developed the implications of their research ndings for monitoring and evaluating humanitarian innovation processes, producing two working papers on these topics.

e ultimate aim of the research is to improve humanitarian actors’ understanding of how to undertake and support innovative programming in practice. is research partnership builds on ALNAP’s long-running work on innovation in the humanitarian system, beginning with its 2009 study, Innovations in International Humanitarian Action, and draws on the experience of the HIF grantees, which o er a realistic picture of how innovation actually happens in humanitarian settings. 

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