From theory to analysis: H-AID methodology

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This chapter discusses some practical issues related to the collection of data in humanitarian contexts, and the assessment of its reliability and validity. Since space limitations prohibit an extensive treatment of these methodological issues in this book, this chapter can only provide a fairly brief and superficial sketch of some of the most important issues. The interested reader may consult the relevant literature for more detailed introductions. There are many excellent textbooks and guides on these topics, e.g. Bernard (2011). The next section sketches the general purpose of our evidence-based H-AID framework, i.e. to move from an abstract and general understanding of the omnibus context to more domain or security specific theoretical constructs that can be subjected to empirical proof. The second section of the chapter describes the steps that are necessary to translate the theoretical context dimensions into valid indicators. The third section addresses the question how to identify trustworthy sources for these indicators. Finally, the fourth section discusses the question how to arrive at accurate estimates from trustworthy sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHumanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Evidence-Based Programming
EditorsLiesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek, Joost Herman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-83039-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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