Event: Practicing Safe Data: A Roundtable Discussion

With new technologies enabling faster data collection and information management, there are opportunities for these technologies to be harnessed for continuous context-specific analysis in support of protection outcomes; however, if not handled responsibly, they can also expose individuals to additional risk. On April 5th, InterAction hosted a roundtable to dive …

Tool: Facilitating Intentional Group Learning: A Practical Guide to 21 Activities

To develop an organizational culture that supports iterative reflection and learning, individuals need opportunities to share data, insights, and experiences with others. The way that learning and reflection sessions are designed and implemented can enable or inhibit the meaningful sharing of ideas and collective problem-solving. From quick informal 20-minute activities …

Tool: Building Collaborative Readiness: Mapping Community Resources

A frequent refrain amongst humanitarian actors is the limited time and financial resources available to support their work. This resource from the Tamarack Institute (drawing on the work of the Ontario Health Communities Coalition) highlights how communities have a range of investments, assets and resources, which can be tapped to …

Tool: Village Histories and Trends

In fall of 2017, InterAction initiated a Call for Examples of tools, methods, and approaches which collect and analyze data and measure changes in protection risks and protection outcomes. Of particular interest were participatory methods and tools which engage the affected population in the response design, data collection, and analysis …

Tool: A Design Experiment: Imagining Alternative Humanitarian Action

Building on the Humanitarian Policy Group’s (HPG) work on remaking humanitarian action for the modern era, HPG, along with their partner ThinkPlace, initiated a design thinking experiment to capture ideas and discussions of major stakeholders to reimagine humanitarian action. The approach aimed to map people’s actual experiences and use those …

Blog: Using Theatre to Share Evaluation Findings with a Wider Community

In exploring methods for meaningful engagement with communities and effective two-way communication, there’s growing interest in using arts-based methods in evaluation. Theatre is one such approach that encourages people to creatively participate and connect with findings kinetically as part of a dialogue between performers and audience. In a recent blog …

Webinar: Principles-Focused Evaluation – Featuring Mark Cabaj and Michael Quinn Patton

On January 23rd, the Tamarack Institute held a conversation with Michael Quinn Patton exploring his latest book – Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE, released in November 2017. The webinar explored the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and its relevance and application in a range of settings. Quinn Patton presented why principles matter for program …

Blog: Leading with Trust: A Development Pathway

Strategic and intentional collaboration among actors across and outside of the humanitarian sphere, based on an understanding of actors’ capacities and leverage points, is vital to achieving collective protection outcomes. Collaboration between stakeholders requires a level of trust between actors and individuals, which can be challenging to forge in the …

Guide/ Tool: Scenario Building in Preparation for or During Humanitarian Crises

  Scenario Building in Preparation for or During Humanitarian Crises ACAPS, 18 August 2016   Scenario building, or constructing an analysis of how situations might evolve, is an essential part of humanitarian operations as it anticipates challenging developments and informs contingency planning and risk mitigation measures in advance. It can …