Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme

External Evaluation

DEPP External Evaluation

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is conducting a 3-year external evaluation of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), a £40 million humanitarian capacity development programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). DEPP is being implemented in 10 countries considered to be at high risk for disasters and emergencies: Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Jordan, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan. 

More information on the DEPP and the External Evaluation can be found on the website of the START Network and in the START Network’s 2015 Learning Report.

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is conducting the external evaluation of the DEPP from 2015-2018, with two main goals: 1) to improve programme effectiveness and enhance learning; 2) to assess the extent to which DEPP has provided an efficient and effective approach to strengthening humanitarian response capacity.

The overall aim of the DEPP is to address the international community’s insufficient focus on building local disaster preparedness capacity. Specifically, it aims to strengthen skills and capacity to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response at various levels, including among individual, communities, organisations and governments in advance of the occurrence of a disaster. The programme utilizes a number of strategies including collaboration, innovation, scale, decentralization, complementarity, learning and addressing cross cutting issues. 

Data Collection Methods

The external evaluation uses a mixed method design to capture a comprehensive picture of the DEPP’s effectiveness and impact. It includes a minimum set of evaluation activities taking place across all ten DEPP focus countries and an intensive set of data collection in Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar and the Philippines. The minimum set includes 1) Secondary Data Analysis and Document Review, 2) Qualitative Data Collection (In-depth Interviews) and 3) Online Questionnaires (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices surveys and Organisational Level Data Collection).

The intensive set of evaluation activities involves more exhaustive and on-site data collection including: 1) Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Surveys, 2) Organisation Level Data Collection, 3) Community Level Data Collection, 4) Household Level Data Collection, 5) Humanitarian Simulations, 6) Network Data Collection, and 7) Value for Money Data Collection.


Phuong Pham PhD, MPH
Director, Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science / Faculty
HHI Fellow

Jennifer Scott, MD, MPH, Project Advisor