The following chart provides a brief overview of projects and activities currently underway by Fritz Institute and/or partner organizations dedicated to facilitating the study, measurement and communication of humanitarian impact.

Focus Fritz Institute Partners Project Description
Research Methods and Models for Measuring Humanitarian Impact
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • MIT's Poverty Action Lab
  • Stanford University's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
  • Application of new models and methodologies from different fields to assess the impact of IRC's new Program Framework which includes its goals, their relationship to sectoral programs and the methods or principles used.
  • Methodologies include: (a) randomized evaluations to estimate humanitarian program effects (with Dr. Esther Duflo of MIT's Poverty Action Lab), and (b) outcomes research methods from the Health Policy field (with Dr. Doug Owens of Stanford University's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research).
  • Countries identified include Liberia, Congo, Thailand and Uganda.
Capacity Building for Impact
  • 15 national African Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies including Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya.
  • Private sector: SGS, Accenture Development Partners, KPMG.
  • Intent is to objectively assess the organizational capacity and program effectiveness of national Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in Africa to ascertain whether the two are correlated and to understand the elements of organizational capacity that influence program quality and effectiveness.
  • Using private sector methodologies and sector-wide benchmarks, an organization's systems, governance transparency and accountability are first assessed by SGS, a global compliance firm.
  • To date, audits of 11 NEPARC members have been completed and 4 more remain.
Participative Approaches to Impact
  • TNS India
  • CDA
  • Harris Interactive
  • Survey of NGOs and beneficiaries in India and Sri Lanka 60 days after the tsunami.
  • Survey of beneficiaries in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka 10 months after the tsunami.
  • Survey of affected families 48 hours and 60 days after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Collaborative Listening projects with affected populations in Indonesia.
Communicating Impact
  • IRC, CARE, SAVE, Oxfam US, American Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Interaction, World Vision
  • An annual convening to discuss the 'perception' of impact and the role of communications in shaping the humanitarian community's identity.
Impact Network
  • Multiple
  • An evolving list of individuals from the sector who attended the 2004 Impact Conference, or who have heard of the 'Impact Initiative' and have asked to participate.
  • A quarterly newsletter aggregates and disseminates impact-related activities of all network participants. Currently there are more than 70 participants representing a wide range of organizations in the sector.
The tsunami which devastated Bande Aceh on 26 December 2004 left 164,000 people dead or missing and over 400,000 homeless. It rapidly became the most reported and well-funded disaster in history. Over 200 humanitarian organizations - plus 3,000 military troops from a dozen countries - arrived to offer aid.
"...this (Humanitarian Impact Conference) was a very important event... The issue forms one of the elements that I have included in ODI's planning for next year, both in terms of impact-oriented evaluations that we need to conduct, and in the form of dialogue with other actors.
- Johaan Schaar,
Head, Division for Humanitarian Assistance & Conflict Management Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency
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