14 October 2021

Online via Zoom, 16.00 to 17.00 BST

WEBINAR – From Knowing to Doing

The challenges of getting evaluation evidence into use are particularly stark in the humanitarian sector. The recent Learning Paper, ‘From knowing to doing: evidence use in the humanitarian sector’ explores these challenges to the uptake of research (much of it evaluation research), and emerging solutions. Many of the challenges identified from this most challenging of environments for evaluation and broader research uptake are more acute versions of the challenges faced in other sectors. And many of the solutions which are emerging in the humanitarian sector are also much more widely applicable.

In this webinar, the report’s authors present three key messages from the paper for open discussion of their implications for evaluators from all sectors:

  1. 1. Operational relevance: Insight into a number of approaches for evaluators and evaluation users to promote more operationally relevant findings.
  2. 2. It’s the political economy, stupid! Understanding incentives and constraints helped us to think about how to commission and deliver work that was more likely to result in use.
  3. 3. It takes a village…It takes an ecosystem of actors to promote evaluation uptake.

Come and hear more from Fred Carden (Principal, Using Evidence Inc.), Anna Paterson (Research and Evaluation Consultant) and Teresa Hanley (Independent Consultant, Humanitarian Effectiveness, Culture and Society)

Members – FREE

Non-Members – £20

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You can find the full report and an executive summary here.


About the speakers


Fred Carden is an evaluation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in evaluating development research, with a particular focus on the use of evidence in public policy. He holds a PhD from the Université de Montréal and a Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School. He spent 20 years in evaluation at the International Development Research Centre. In 2015, Fred established Using Evidence Inc., a consultancy that focuses on efforts to improve the use of research and evaluative evidence in decision making. He has published widely on the use of evidence, including Knowledge to Policy.

Teresa Hanley has over 25 years of humanitarian and development experience in over 40 countries working with the Red Cross Movement, INGOs, UN agencies and governments. Teresa led the evaluation of major humanitarian responses including the inter-agency Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines, British Red Cross Haiti earthquake response, UNHCR refugee integrated programme in northern Kenya,  components of UNHCR Syria and UNICEF Iraq crisis responses and various INGO programmes in protracted crises. In relation to humanitarian research, Teresa led the evaluation of the five-year uk£54 million FCDO humanitarian innovation and evidence programme. She has also managed and supported research and research capacity development programmes in the UK and internationally.

Anna Paterson is a researcher and evaluator of over 20 years, working in particular on fragile and conflict affected states and on producing, evaluating and promoting evidence to influence policy and programming. She has an NGO and academic research background in Afghanistan and is a former Research Evidence Broker at DFID’s (now FCDO’s) Research and Evidence Division. Anna is also a certified and accredited evaluator, a former Evaluation Adviser at DFID’s Nigeria Country Office, and has played leading roles on numerous development and humanitarian evaluations, including impact evaluations, in East and West Africa, Central Asia and Eastern and South-eastern Europe.