What we do

How our work helps the humanitarian community deliver more effective humanitarian action

Independent Evaluations & Technical Assistance

Through evaluations we provide a body of evidence on what works and what changes should be considered for humanitarian policies and programs to be more effective. DARA specializes in real-time, system-wide, impact, policy and program evaluations in complex emergencies.

Examples include the Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response and Programme Strategies to the Crisis in CAR (upcoming report), the WFP Strategic Evaluation in Democratic Republic of Congo, the WFP-UNHCR Impact Evaluations in Chad and Bangladesh in 2012. In 2013, we were involved in the Real-Time Evaluation of UNHCR’s response to the Syrian refugee emergency.

Research & Policy Studies

Our investigation areas for research and policy studies include the following:

  • Risk Reduction Index (RRI): The RRI helps governments and civil society understand the risks that lead to disasters so that they can be fully addressed. In Central America and West Africa, the RRI has identified links between underlying risk factors and increased vulnerability, raising awareness around the need for greater risk management initiatives.
  • The Humanitarian Response Index (HRI): The HRI independently analyses whether donor governments follow through with their commitment to respect humanitarian principles when allocating financial resources to crises. With the group of donors becoming larger and more diverse, the HRI was updated and improved to continue to assess whether priorities are backed by humanitarian principles and evidence, and whether humanitarian aid funding addresses the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations.

In addition to the RRI and HRI, we conduct research and policy studies over improving humanitarian aid performance, particularly in conflict situations and natural disasters, advocating for better humanitarian donorship, and strengthening the role and responsibility of host governments and local and regional actors in addressing humanitarian challenges.