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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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

  • Learning from Each Other

    Little Ripples Teacher Training sessions have kicked off in camps Mile and Kounoungou, eastern Chad; training that is interactive and models the environments Little Ripples teachers will create for their students

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  • Sparking imaginations, creating child designed soaps – The workshop

    Field Ready and Save the Children Iraq team up with 14 children for the interactive product design and development workshop of their novel, child-specific soap

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  • ‘What goes in, must come out’ – Flooding & Sampling

    Coventry University explore how poorly designed drainage can lead to flooding, and carry out water sampling to test the quality of drainage water

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  • Who’s Taking Ownership of Surface Water Anyway?

    Coventry University are exploring who takes on the responsibility and ownership of WASH at the initial phases of a camp’s life, and the negative effective that a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities can have on drainage.

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  • New-look KnowledgePoint goes live!

    The new KnowledgePoint platform is live - a valuable resource for humanitarian workers in the field, providing fast and free technical advice, now with an improved user experience, increased data security, and an innovative use of gaming technology.

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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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