Mapping Evidence Syntheses in the Humanitarian Sector: Insights and Challenges


A briefing memorandum introduces a map of existing systematic and literature reviews in the humanitarian sector [Map of Humanitarian Evidence Syntheses, 2009-2015, produced by K. Bushby; also appended to this record], and discusses the methodological approach to this exercise.

The purpose of this study was three-fold: (a) to identify gaps in the existing humanitarian evidence base, which have informed the development of targeted research questions for evidence syntheses as part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme; (b) to inform programme staff and stakeholders of existing evidence syntheses efforts in the humanitarian field, in order to improve intra-field learning; (c) to avoid duplicating existing evidence synthesis efforts in the commissioning of future programme outputs.

The Humanitarian Evidence Programme aims to synthesize research in the humanitarian sector and communicate the findings to key stakeholders, including policymakers, practitioners and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving humanitarian policy and practice. The programme is a UK Aid-funded partnership between Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University (FIC). More information is available at:


Bushby, K.; Krystalli, R. Mapping Evidence Syntheses in the Humanitarian Sector: Insights and Challenges. Feinstein International Center, Boston, USA / Oxfam, Oxford, UK (2015) 3 pp.

Published 1 January 2015