HAEC-Funded Impact Evaluations

HAEC conducts impact evaluations to generate further evidence in humanitarian contexts.

Two people turned away from the camera in Somalia, who have been displaced by the drought
Sacha Myers / Save the Children

Funding Overview

As part of the Humanitarian Assistance Evidence Cycle's (HAEC's) mission to increase the use of impact evaluations for emergency food security activities, HAEC is funding six impact evaluations from 2023- 2024. These impact evaluations are embedded as part of BHA-funded emergency food security activities. To learn more about the importance of conducting impact evaluations in humanitarian settings, read our blog post The Untapped Potential of Impact Evaluations in Humanitarian Contexts here

HAEC worked with each research team to get the studies on a public evaluation registry. Through the registry, the research teams document the details of their impact evaluation analysis plan before the analysis is conducted. This helps to improve the transparency and credibility of research by minimizing concerns of bias in research and reporting. As our studies are published to 3ie's Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE), HAEC will publish the links below.  

HAEC's Funded Evaluations

Understanding the Long-Term Impact of Unconditional Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance

  • Who: Action Against Hunger & 3ie
  • Where: Colombia
  • Research Question: What is the impact of unconditional multipurpose cash assistance on migrant’s food security 12+ months after the intervention?
  • Overview: The Venezuelan humanitarian crisis is one of the world’s largest displacement crises, with over 8 million people displaced. Colombia currently hosts more than 1.82 million Venezuelans, 60% of whom suffer from poverty and economic vulnerability, putting pressure on host communities and public services. In response to this crisis, the Cash for Urban Assistance Consortium implements the ADN Dignidad program to provide Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) to over 250,000 affected individuals, supporting household consumption and promoting social and economic integration in host communities. 

Read the Brief RIDIE Registration

Assessing the Impact of Cash Transfers and Water Filters on Food and Water Security in Guatemala
  • Who: World Vision
  • Where: Guatemala
  • Research Question: What is the impact of the cash transfers component of the intervention on food security? What is the impact of the water filter component of the intervention on fecal contamination of household drinking water.
  • Overview: Guatemala is highly vulnerable to climate change related disasters, such as floods and droughts. In particular, in the Totonicapán, San Marcos, and Alta Verapaz departments, people are frequently affected by climate-related disasters, as well as limited access to safe water resources. Multiple shocks lead to livelihood disruptions, reduced planting areas, food scarcity, asset and crop losses, and inadequate nutrition access. For many, this leads to negative coping strategies, such as atypical migration and increased sale of productive assets. To address these challenges, World Vision, funded by USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), is implementing the Assistance for Change and Economic Growth for Food Security (Asistencia para el Cambio y Crecimiento Económico por la Seguridad Alimentaria, ACCESO) activity.

Read the Brief RIDIE Registration

Enhancing Emergency Assistance and Protection for Recently Displaced Persons in Colombia
  • Who: Blumont and Causal Design
  • Where: Colombia
  • Research Question: What is the marginal impact of comprehensive rental support on recently displaced household food security, subjective wellbeing, income, and ability to pay rent?
  • Overview: In 2022, Colombia faced a substantial rise in forced displacements, with more than 250,000 people displaced due to armed conflict. To enhance emergency assistance and protection for those recently displaced, Blumont launched the Closing Gaps activity, funded by USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), in October 2022. Blumont Colombia and Causal Design designed and implemented an impact evaluation to learn about the impact of the rental support on the self-reliance of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Read the Brief RIDIE Registration

Assessing the Impact of Sorghum Production on Household Food Security in Climate-Prone Regions in Honduras
  • Who: ADRA, i-APS
  • Where: Honduras
  • Research Question: What is the marginal impact to the TRANSFER project of reintroducing sorghum on annual household sorghum production and human consumption practices?
  • Overview: In Honduras, people have been doubly impacted by extreme weather events and the COVID-19 crisis, leading to heightened food insecurity and chronic malnutrition rates. Approximately 2.6 million people (28% of the country’s population) are at risk of Stage 3 food insecurity. In response to these pressing issues, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), funded by USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), implements the Integrated Actions for Sustainable Food Security (TRANSFER) project to enhance the food security of 5,700 targeted households. Specifically, TRANSFER includes three key sectors: food assistance, economic recovery and market systems, and agriculture to reintroduce sorghum as a resilient alternative to traditional crops.

Read the Brief RIDIE Registation

Evaluating the Impact and Cost Effectiveness of Bundled Activities for Economic Recovery in Fragile Contexts
  • Who: Mercy Corps and Causal Design
  • Where: Nigeria
  • Research Question: What works to transition conflict-affected households out of humanitarian assistance into early recovery/resilience? How do outcomes vary for households that receive technical livelihood training, compared to those that receive technical livelihood skills and an “add-on” life-skills component? What is the cost effectiveness of these approaches?
  • Overview: As part of the Broadening Emergency and Graduation Efforts (BEGE) Activity, Mercy Corps was interested in evaluating the most effective approaches to transition conflict-affected households to early recovery/resilience. Specifically, Mercy Corps wanted to test whether adding life skills training to existing technical training on agricultural and livestock production is cost-effective and has a greater impact on socio-economic outcomes, compared to providing the technical training alone. To evaluate this, Mercy Corps, in partnership with Casual Design, is implementing a cluster randomized control trial (RCT).

Read the Brief RIDIE Registration

Assessing the Effects of Delayed Food Assistance in Niger
  • Who: Danish Refugee Council and Chris Moser
  • Where: Niger
  • Research Question: What is the impact of delayed food assistance relative to on-time food assistance?
  • Overview: Niger is facing a complex humanitarian crisis, with 4.3 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Households in Niger face many challenges, including armed violence, poverty, climate change, seasonal floods, droughts, and epidemics. These all exacerbate food insecurity among internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host populations. To address these challenges and improve food security in Niger, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing the “Multi-sectoral emergency and early recovery response for protracted displaced and host populations in Diffa and Tillaberi regions” program. The program works to strengthen early recovery strategies, and enable conflict-affected populations to begin their recovery.

Read the Brief RIDIE Registration