This paper reviews the quality of evidence available today to support humanitarian
action. It focuses primarily on evidence generated by the ‘formal international
humanitarian system’ through early warning, needs assessment, monitoring and
feedback, evaluation and impact assessment. It also considers the degree to which
actors in the humanitarian system actually use evidence to guide their operational decisions and policy formulation.
The paper is aimed at humanitarian policy-makers, humanitarian decision-makers
(at strategic and operational levels), and those involved in information collection
and analysis in humanitarian organisations. It is also intended to be read by
academics and students of humanitarian action, as a contribution to the larger
debate and discussion on this topic.