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
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: www.oxfam.org.uk/hep.
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.