Elrha Innovation Challenge – Data-Driven Inclusion

Closing Date: 14/09/2022

Funding to support the development of innovative data collection approaches that will generate action-oriented recommendations on how to make humanitarian programmes more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.

Launched in 2009, Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (Elrha) is a collaborative network dedicated to supporting partnerships of higher education institutions and humanitarian organisations in order to share knowledge and conduct scientific research into the risks posed by environmental and humanitarian disasters.

The aim of Elrha is to reduce risk and ensure that those suffering from the impact of disasters receive more timely, relevant and sustainable assistance. Elrha allocates funding from its Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) to support research and interventions that aim to improve outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises by identifying, nurturing and sharing more effective and scalable solutions.

This Innovation Challenge – Data-Driven Inclusion – is seeking to develop innovative approaches to collecting data to drive humanitarian action that is inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.

The challenge is designed to address several multi-layered and interlinked problems and make measurable progress towards addressing them, namely:

  1. A lack of data, in particular qualitative data and data disaggregated by disability and age, on people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian settings.
  2. Data collection practices without a clear purpose and that do not inform and improve humanitarian programming.
  3. Methods of data collection that are exclusionary and not co-designed with representative organisations, such as OPDs and OPAs.
  4. The impact of wider issues in the sector on the collection of data and the challenges of collecting data due to the key features of humanitarian setting (ie insecurity, minimum standards and populations that include vulnerable individuals).

Projects funded by this call will develop an innovative, inclusive data collection approach that will be implemented in an eligible humanitarian setting and delivered through meaningful collaboration between one or more representative organisations (older people’s associations (OPAs) and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs)) and humanitarian actors. OPAs and OPDs are expected to play an integral role in all stages of the project, including planning and budgeting, design and implementation, as well as in writing the proposal.

It is not expected that the resulting recommendations are implemented within the timeframe of this challenge, rather the overall goal is to make changes and improvements that make humanitarian action more inclusive.

The expected outputs for supported projects are:

  • Action-oriented recommendations for how to make the chosen humanitarian programme(s) more inclusive based on the data collected; and
  • A step-by-step guide on the data collection approach used, including any knowledge and tools that could be shared with the wider humanitarian community.

Data collection innovations should:

  • Draw on existing design methods and good practice for data collection, using existing approaches for designing inclusive and data-driven solutions, such as ‘design thinking’, ‘community-centred design’, ‘user-centred design’ and ‘human-centred design’.
  • Use data to generate action-oriented recommendations on how to increase inclusion in a specific humanitarian programme, and not as an end in itself.

Projects will be conducted in two stages: a ‘Development’ stage and a ‘Testing and Validation’ stage. Up to six projects will be selected for the Development stage, which will be a maximum of eight months to develop the innovation, focussing on defining and designing the data collection approach. Up to three projects will go forward to the Testing and Validation stage, which will be a maximum of ten months to complete the project activities defined within the full proposal, focussing on testing and validating the data collection approach and delivering the outputs defined in the challenge criteria.

Elrha will also provide up to five days of support for teams to develop skills and share knowledge, with support from the HIF team and external experts and organisations.

Funding body Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (elrha)
Maximum value £175,000
Reference ID S24141
Category Economic and Social Research
Fund or call Fund