Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science

HHI’s Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science serves as a focal point for developing evidence-based strategies to effectively help individuals, families, and populations in times of war, conflict, and disaster.  The program focuses on research and training through both macro and micro perspectives. At the macro perspective, HHI researchers are leading the development of a world-wide monitoring and evaluation system ( to assess local community needs, monitor progress, and measure impact (see the Vulnerable Populations program).  At the micro level, HHI collaborates with non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and other international humanitarian organizations, as well as local civil society organizations, to develop monitoring and evaluation research for their specific programs.

HHI has conducted research and evaluation projects related to war and disaster in the following countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Uganda.

Vulnerable Populations Program

HHI's Program on Vulnerable Populations conducts research and capacity building in countries experiencing complex emergencies and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The program focuses on the use of empirical and mixed research methods to give voice to survivors of mass violence and disasters. HHI works to ensure that the needs of survivors are recognized and acted on by governments, UN agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, and that they help improve the capacity of local organizations to collect and analyze data about vulnerable populations. The program works closely with HHI's Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science to adopt and promote rigorous, reliable, and scientifically accurate assessment practices.  The program’s aims are also closely aligned with HHI’s Women in War Program and the Program on Urbanization and Emergencies.

KoBo Toolbox

HHI reseachers Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck created KoBo Suite, which consists of several software tools and streamlined methods to help practitioners implement rapid digital data collection projects. Together, these tools allow any practitioner to design and implement a research instrument for digital data collection, to conduct research in the field, and to then aggregate the collected data into a database. KoBo is based on the Open Data Kit, and has been widely tested in extreme conditions for ease of use and reliability., an indicator-based information platform providing data on peace, justice and reconstruction in DRC, Cambodia, Liberia, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Peacebuildingdata is the largest dataset on individuals’ views about peace and justice, and results from extensive population survey work in challenging context.

Recent Publications

The current outbreak of Ebola in eastern DR Congo, beginning in 2018, emerged in a complex and violent political and security environment....

This report provides the summative results from the three-year external impact evaluation of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness...

This report provides the summative results from the three-year external impact evaluation of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme...

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have collectively absorbed approximately 5 million registered refugees--not counting the untold numbers who remain unregistered. As their displacement becomes increasingly protracted and the crisis shows no signs of abating, humanitarians have highlighted the increasing need to shift focus to social cohesion and rehabilitation efforts with an eye toward long-term development.