Innovation Resource Hub

Progress to Scale Framework

  • Progress to Scale Framework

    The framework is divided into five critical areas of understanding. These are the major puzzle pieces that innovators need to have in place in order to scale successfully.

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Challenges to scaling humanitarian innovation

  • Challenges to scaling humanitarian innovation

    Scaling humanitarian innovations has been a critical challenge for the sector to address. Our 'Too Tough To Scale?' report outlines the critical ‘barriers’ to scale, with specific ‘calls to action’ for how to overcome them.

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User-centred Design

  • What is User-centred Design?

    User-centred design allows the designer – or the person planning the service – to understand user experiences while at the same time considering restraints such as budget, time frame and resources available.

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  • User-Centred Design Through Rapid Community Engagement Workshop

    In July we held a workshop to support shortlisted teams on the Rapid Community Engagement Call to put User-centred Design at the heart of their projects.

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  • Toolkit

    We worked with Pivotal to produce a Toolkit on User-centred Design.

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  • Landscape Review

    This Landscape Review was conducted with the aim to understand how to design, implement, and evaluate approaches to user-centred sanitation that incorporate rapid community engagement and are appropriate for the first stage of rapid-onset emergencies

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Innovation Explained

  • Introduction to Innovation

    Guidance for would be innovators on improving humanitarian response

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  • The Innovation Process

    The process of innovation is often compared to the process of evolution

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  • Types of Innovation

    what is it that the innovation processes seek to change and improve?

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  • The contribution of innovations

    Incremental or disruptive? Innovation has a scale

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  • What is Humanitarian Innovation?

    The HIF is guided by a definition by Development Initiatives.

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More than just luck: project case studies

  • Evaluating Humanitarian Innovation

    This research aims to improve humanitarian actors’ understanding of how to undertake and support innovative programming in practice.

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  • Standardising humanitarian data for a better response: The Humanitarian eXchange Language

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Using participation to improve menstrual hygiene management in emergencies

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Mapping a response: Using satellite images to aid humanitarian action

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Motivation’s appropriate and affordable wheelchairs

    This study is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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HIF Projects Blog

  • Improving MHM action in emergencies: developing and piloting practical tools

    IFRC have finalised the pilot version of their MHM Guidelines and Tools, and begun trialling these in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as part of the Rohingya population movement operation.

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  • Baseline Data Collection

    WAHA are in Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia, seeking to collect high quality baseline data that will help them understand behaviours, attitudes and practices related to intimate partner violence.

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  • Rebuilding from the Rubble: Clearing Explosive Hazards in Post-conflict Environments

    The HALO Trust introduce us to their recognition project, HALO is seeking to better understand the scale and complexity of explosive contamination as well as the effectiveness of current survey and clearance methods.

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  • Recognising World Refugee Day

    On World Refugee Day, WAHA reflected on the value of honouring cultural traditions and ceremonies, an approach they have consistently employed when testing their novel intervention to reduce Intimate Partner Violence

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  • Not so simple samples

    In their search for sustainable sanitation solutions for emergencies, Oxfam are investigating whether the vermicompost (worm poo) from their Tiger Worm Toiles can safely be disposed of or reused

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HIF Video Clips and Blogs

  • Aidpreneur – Interview with Kim Scriven, the HIF Manager

    Kim Scriven, was the guest for the 123rd episode of the Aidpreneur Terms of Reference Podcast. Kim, HIF's Manager until October 2016, was responsible for the development and management of the Fund, and oversaw both its grant making processes and...

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  • Reflecting on our Handwashing Innovation Sprint

    Menka Sanghvi, Innovation Management Adviser, reflects on why we need more innovation in handwashing in emergencies, and how our recent Innovation Sprint has helped to nurture creative ideas.

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  • Handwashing Challenge 2016: The shortlist

    WATCH: At our Handwashing Innovation Sprint, we grabbed a few minutes with each shortlisted team to tell us more about their innovation and why they should be funded!

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  • Developing an Approach to Scale

    Working with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this April sees us launching an ambitious new area of work, helping teams accelerate their journey to scale

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  • Music therapy in action: our visit to Panzi

    Claire Dusonchet, Innovation Adviser, recently visited a music therapy programme helping survivors of sexual violence, currently funded by the HIF.

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Innovation Library

  • Drones in Humanitarian Action

    A guide to the use of airborne systems in humanitarian crises.

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  • Business Model Canvas Workshop

    Read the overview of our unique two day training workshop based on the renowned Business Model Canvas strategic management and entrepreneurial tool.

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  • Nesta – Innovation for International Development

    Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development, brought together in one collection. Innovation in International Development is organised around four interconnected themes: How to fund innovation How to organise for innovation...

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  • Humanitarian Exchange #66 | Special Feature – Humanitarian Innovation

    Humanitarian innovation by Humanitarian Practice Network and Kim Scriven, April 2016 This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with ELRHA's Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) manager Kim Scriven, focuses on innovation in the humanitarian sector. Kim Scriven provides an overview of the...

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  • Microjustice4All Handbooks

    Microjustice4All aims to meet basic legal needs by providing accessible and affordable standardised legal services enjoy the same rights as the rest of the population. Their Methodology Handbook and Handbook for Humanitarian Crises give guidance on how to set up...

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