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Evaluating Humanitarian Protection: A Protection-Specific Evaluation Quality Assessment Framework

Pribis, Matthew (2021) Evaluating Humanitarian Protection: A Protection-Specific Evaluation Quality Assessment Framework. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2021, over 80 million people are forcibly displaced from their homes. 177 million people need US$ 28.8 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. The international humanitarian system (IHS) exists to respond to this massive need when states or other duty-bearers are unable and/or unwilling. The gargantuan task of responding to human suffering on a global scale is one that the IHS struggles valiantly to conduct, even though the demand for aid outweighs its supply. Donor fatigue, increased needs, and the COVID-19 pandemic have created a mismatch between the availability of resources and the funding requirements of the IHS. This scarcity has forced the IHS to investigate how funds can be allocated most efficiently to make the greatest impact. Thus, the IHS is undergoing a movement of accountability reforms involving staff professionalization and the use of evidence-based practice. An important aspect of this movement is the application of evaluation to make informed judgements about the value of interventions and their impact, as well as how to improve them. Evaluation of humanitarian programming contributes to a body of evidence that establishes “what works” and what does not. This research reviews current humanitarian protection literature to investigate what criteria should be used when assessing the quality of protection-specific evaluations and then applies a novel protection-specific evaluation quality assessment framework to ten evaluation reports, finding that only five out of ten selected reports had satisfactory quality based on Global Evaluation Report System (GEROS) scoring metrics. As a result, decision makers may not know what works and what does not in humanitarian protection and should be cautious when using evaluation findings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pribis, Matthewmjp174pit.edumjp174
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorSeybolt,
Committee MemberMarolda,
Committee MemberPoznansky,
Date: 4 June 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 April 2021
Approval Date: 4 June 2021
Submission Date: 3 May 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 72
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MID - Master of International Development
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: humanitarian, protection, evaluation
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 11:57
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 11:57

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