The Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP) intends to
have impact on humanitarian actors’ capacities to deliver improved
response and resilience programmes that are effective at supporting
This formative stage of the evaluation aimed to make an initial
assessment of strengths and weaknesses of current HIEP design; to
identify progress to date; to make recommendations to facilitate
learning; and to provide a foundation for future summative evaluation.
It is the first of a series that will be conducted by the Itad
evaluation team between now and 2018. It is organised around 4 key
questions agreed in the inception phase:
Relevance: How well has HIEP identified and responded to evolving
priority needs and opportunities for investment in humanitarian evidence
Efficiency: Which management and implementation approaches have
enabled HIEP to deliver better value for money (VfM)?
Effectiveness: Which approaches have been more effective in enabling
HIEP to ensure the creation, support and application of high-quality and
relevant humanitarian evidence?
Impact: What contributions has HIEP made to building and sustaining
evidence-aware policy and practice by humanitarian organisations?
The formative evaluation took place between January and May 2014. At the
heart of the evaluation is a case study approach. The evaluation
identified eight of the twenty projects so far allocated funding by HIEP
to follow up to 2018. This formative phase was an opportunity to check
the feasibility and appropriateness of that selection.
A theory of change was developed by the evaluation team with DFID in the
inception phase. This is being tested and refined over the course of the
evaluation. In this formative phase, key questions and judgement
criteria were developed based on the HIEP theory of change and the four
overarching questions around which the evaluation is framed.
This record provides links to the full report with all 7 appendices (283
pp.; 5.2 MB) as well as to individual pdfs for the main report + summary
(66 pp.; 1.5 MB), appendices alone (218 pp.; 4.3 MB), and executive
summary (7 pp.; 0.6 MB).
The Summative Phase 1 Report for the evaluation is also available
ITAD. Evaluation of the Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP): Formative Phase Report. ITAD, Hove, UK (2014) 283 pp.