Commissioned projects

This page contains links to projects that Evidence Aid has undertaken for clients – this is a ‘living’ page so do come back and visit again soon!

Pan American Health Organization on the Resilient Health Systems evidence collection (Phases 1 and 2): May – December 2021 (Phase 1) and June – December 2022 (Phase 2)

In partnership with PAHO/WHO, Evidence Aid has distilled over 200 systematic reviews on the drivers and needs of resilient health systems, providing crucial evidence to guide public policy in the Americas. Through the project, evidence and gap maps were created to identify and prioritise research needs.The open-access Resilient Health Systems curated collection delivers concise standardized systematic review summaries on the drivers and needs of resilient health systems. PAHO experts supported the prioritization of topics covered, emphasizing the knowledge needs of decision-makers. Summaries were translated into French, Portuguese, and Spanish, covering all four PAHO official languages. Summaries are formatted for easy sharing and use with reference management software. Having concluded phase 2 of this collaboration, the Chief of the PAHO/WHO Country Preparedness and International Health Regulations Unit, Dr. Celso Bambaren, declared that in the context of health emergencies and disasters, the ministries of health find great value in the collections on Hospital preparedness, Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, Non-communicable diseases, and Migrants. “They help make informed decisions”. For her part, the Head of the Department of Risk Management in Emergencies and Disasters of the Ministry of Health of Chile, Lic. Paola Pontoni, added that the Resilient Health Services collection provides an easily accessible and usable source of evidence when planning and responding to emergencies. Also, the maps of gaps pinpoint questions to be addressed with high-quality research to reduce risks and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals following the SENDAI Framework. “This information should be considered when allocating resources for new research”. Access the Resilient Health Systems evidence collection here.

Florida International University (Extreme Events Institute) – Disaster Risk in Informal Settlements Project: July – September 2022

Evidence Aid prepared independent short summaries on 11 articles to assess what the project meant as a whole in terms of evidence going forward both within and outside the Latin American and Caribbean region (where the studies were done). This included sections on implementation and impact. On completion of the project, Professor Juan-Pablo Sarmiento said “this evaluation conducted by Evidence-Aid seeks to reach-out two different audiences 1) the academic and research community and, 2) a more general public made up of professionals and technicians who work in public, private and civil society sectors, responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects/activities of social interest in precarious urban settlements where a high level of risk prevails in the face of natural and man-made hazards, characterized by a communities with high vulnerability and exposure”. Read more about the project and view the evidence synthesis here.

WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Hub (Phase 1): May – November 2021

Evidence Aid prepared chapter summaries of the 43 chapters in the Guidance, as well as summaries of the further readings. Evidence Aid also produced 10 audio podcasts, 13 videos, and held three webinars during the period of the contract. On completion of the project, Dr Ryoma Kayano of the WHO Kobe Centre said “’We were excited to work on producing knowledge materials in different formats with Evidence Aid for the Guidance, making it more accessible and usable and appreciated the strong support of Evidence Aid. We are looking forward to expanding on this work and disseminating the Guidance further. Read the Guidance and access the materials in the Knowledge Hub here.

Humanitarian to Humanitarian (H2) – Covid Evidence Collection: March – May 2020 (Phase 1) and June 2020 – January 2021 (Phase 2)

Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 project was partially funded by the H2H Fund, which was supported by UK aid from the UK government. The H2H Network consists of organizations that provide high-quality and integrated services to support other humanitarian responders. The network supports its members as they apply cutting-edge expertise, techniques and innovation to improve programming and outcomes. The H2H Fund is a network service that enables members to quickly provide their services in specific emergencies. The funding allowed Evidence Aid to summarise systematic reviews relevant to both the direct and indirect effects of Covid and on completion, Kim Scriven, H2H Network Executive Director, said, “Evidence Aid delivered a comprehensive package of summarized and translated research, freely available and targeted specifically to policy makers.” The collection, containing more than 600 summaries and translations into 8 languages is here.

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