This document is intended to be implemented within the Elrha Impact Strategy 2014. The Elrha strategy frames an overarching vision: to support partnerships between researchers and practitioners to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action.
The aims of this framework are:
- To describe what impact means to Elrha and the HIF (see section 2);
- To describe impacts and outcomes of the HIF at programme-level and describe how these are achieved and measured (see section 4).
- To describe different project-level HIF outcomes and impacts, and to show how each grantee identifies their outcomes and impacts and works to a monitoring and evaluation framework (see section 3)
The aim of these guidelines are to support funded grantees with clear direction on what the HIF and Elrha expect in relation to impact assessment and the delivery of high level outcomes from HIF funded projects.
This document is intended to provide guidance for people applying to and receiving funding through the large grants funding facility of the HIF.
The paper aims to:
- Provide a set of suggested questions that will help grantees to develop their monitoring, evaluation and learning plans
- Set out some general principles to consider while collecting and analysing information to assess the performance of an innovation.
- Outline what ‘performance’ means in the context of a HIF grant
This document is not a technical ‘how to’ guide for evaluating innovation: it does not specify tools or required processes for applicants.
The HIF has produced a short guide to help those working with innovations to structure their learning and reflection. After Action Reviews are a tool to structure some straightforward questions that help individuals and groups reflect and learn after undertaking an activity.
The HIF AAR methodology aims to capture and document experiences in order to improve future practice. Typically, an AAR focuses on a core set of questions:
• What was supposed to happen?
• What actually happened?
• What was successful and what was the reason for this?
• What didn’t work, and why?
• What did we learn?
These questions help separate out what happened during the project/activity from what was planned, and identify what worked and what didn’t. Although relevant in a variety of settings, questions like these are especially relevant when attempting to innovate, where new ideas are being tried and results and outcomes are unknown.
Elrha’s strategy sets out how we plan to improve humanitarian outcomes through partnership, research and innovation.
It includes our vision, mission, the three streams of work we engage in: 1. Enabling partnership, 2. Driving research and innovation and 3. Transforming practice, with case studies of our progress in each area. This is not a static strategy and will evolve as the Elrha initiative grows.
HIF grantees should carefully consider uptake or diffusion as a critical part of their project. These guidelines have been developed to support grantees to design clear and achievable uptake or diffusion plans for their projects.
Uptake and diffusion are extremely important to all of Elrha’s programmes. This is a key document which describes what uptake means to Elrha and explains how the secretariat and core programmes, including the HIF and R2HC, approach uptake.