What we do

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

We conduct evaluations, 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.

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 ongoing Evaluation of WFP’s Humanitarian Protection Policy, the WFP/UNHCR Regional Emergency operation-assistance to Refugees and Host Communities affected by Insecurity in Mali, the UNICEF’s Response and Recovery Efforts to Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal, the Evaluation of the ECHO actions in coastal West Africa 2008-2014, the Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response and Programme Strategies to the Crisis in CAR, the Real-Time Evaluation of UNHCR’s response to the Syrian refugee emergency, the WFP Strategic Evaluation in Democratic Republic of Congo, the Synthesis of WFP Mixed Method Impact Evaluations of the Contribution of Food Assistance to Durable Solutions in Protracted Refugee Situations.

Research & Policy Studies

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

  • Refugee Response: the Refugee Response Index (RRI) is an index that measures countries’ response to refugees in a comprehensive manner without establishing an overall ranking of individual countries. The RRI constitutes a baseline of country performance in support of the adoption and implementation, in 2018, of the Global Compact on Refugees. The RRI will acknowledge different and complementary contributions of states as a necessary step towards fair responsibility-sharing.
  • Humanitarian Response: the Humanitarian Response Index (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.
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: the Disaster Risk Reduction Index (DRRI): 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.