Guidance note

How to optimize the use of social science evidence in public health emergencies in humanitarian contexts?

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In humanitarian settings, public health emergencies (PHE) are often one of many crises facing communities, governments and response actors. Evidence from the social sciences and other disciplines can inform decisions about effective actions and interventions in response to these events. To maximise the chance that evidence during PHEimpacts those affected, it must be useful and usable to those involved. These end users of evidence may include government or non-governmental actors, UN or academic researchers, civil society groups, and communities.

This brief draws on the collective experience of social scientists with experience in operational and implementation research for public health emergencies in humanitarian settings to highlight some practical guidelines and suggestions for ensuring that evidence can influence change. Through concrete examples and links to tools, this brief is designed to support teams in generating and presenting robust, credible, and reliable social sciences evidence to inform public health responses in humanitarian contexts.

Analytics for Operations & COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working groups
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