Welcome to Elrha’s new home for publications! This free and easy to use tool holds every output from the work we fund through our two programmes; Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) and Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC), as well as anything produced or commissioned by Elrha.
You’ll find a variety of publications from gap analyses and peer reviewed journals, to case studies and evaluations, from across the diverse portfolio of work we fund in the humanitarian community.
142 research items
20/03/2017 HIF Report,
Author: Alice Obrecht, Alexander T. Warner,
Monitoring Humanitarian Innovation
Monitoring is critical to humanitarian action. In the context of humanitarian innovation, monitoring is particularly important due to the uncertain nature of the work. This uncertainty means that humanitarian innovators need to keep a constant eye on their process and the wider environment so as to respond or adapt appropriately. Current monitoring approaches have significant value in the day-to-day of innovation processes, yet they are rarely tailored for innovation contexts. They are therefore often inadequate for monitoring the progress of an innovation process or its likelihood of achieving success.
The aim of this Working Paper is to propose a new framework that can aid innovation managers and teams in the monitoring of their innovation’s progress towards success. This framework is called the ALNAP Innovation Milestones. It draws from the analysis of 15 initiatives funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), and the Elrha-ALNAP research on what factors contribute to successful innovation processes (Obrecht and Warner, 2016).
01/03/2017 R2HC Report,
Authors: Karl Blanchet, Séverine Frison, James Smith,
Lead organisation: LSHTM,
Review of Evidence Supporting the Sphere Standards
This review is the result of a collaboration between Elrha, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Sphere Project. Funded by DIFD and the Wellcome Trust, The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme commissioned LSHTM to conduct a review of the evidence supporting the Sphere standards. This report contributes to the 2018 revision of the Sphere Handbook by providing rigorous analysis of existing evidence and supporting the production of new empirical evidence where appropriate.
01/03/2017 R2HC Report,
Authors: Séverine Frison, Karl Blanchet,
Survey on the Knowledge, Use, Structure and Content of the Sphere Handbook
This survey is the result of a collaboration between Elrha, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Sphere Project. Funded by DIFD and the Wellcome Trust. The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme commissioned LSHTM to document the level of empirical evidence on which the Sphere Handbook current principles and indicators are based, and to conduct a user survey to gather feedback on the Handbook content and structure. The review and survey were conducted in close collaboration with the Sphere Project, and have contributed to the process of the 2017 Handbook update.
06/01/2017 HIF Evaluation,
Author: Alice Obrecht,
Lead organisation: ALNAP,
Evaluating Humanitarian Innovation
Over 2015-6 ALNAP – in partnership with Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) – looked at how to define 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 final 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 findings for monitoring and evaluating humanitarian innovation processes, producing two working papers on these topics.
The ultimate aim of the research is to improve humanitarian actors’ understanding of how to undertake and support innovative programming in practice. This 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 offer a realistic picture of how innovation actually happens in humanitarian settings.
01/01/2017 HIF Literature Review,
Author: Julie Marshall, Helen Barrett,
Understanding Sexual and Gender- Based Violence against Refugees with a Communication Disability
This literature review was undertaken as part of the collaborative project by Manchester Metropolitan University, Communicability Global, UNHCR Rwanda and Institute for Human Centered Design, in 2016.
Since there are extremely few publications on the specific risk or experience of refugees with communication disability to SGBV, this review describes, synthesises and summarises contributions made to the literature in the fields of disability, communication disability, and sexual and gender-based violence both in humanitarian and non-humanitarian contexts, to give the reader a holistic understanding of the issues addressed in the accompanying project, Supporting refugee survivors of Sexual and Gender- Based Violence who have a Communication Disability – Rwanda.