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IRMA Evaluation of Disaster Preparedness in EU Humanitarian Action (DG ECHO)

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Commissioned by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), IRMA is leading (under Particip GmbH) an independent strategic and global evaluation of EU contributions to disaster preparedness in humanitarian action from 2015 to 2020.  The evaluation is guided by nine research questions aligned to a retrofitted Preparedness Theory of Change and it examines two modalities:

  • Disaster preparedness activities mainstreamed in EU humanitarian response projects, and
  • Dedicated or targeted preparedness actions financed under the budget earmarked in annual Worldwide Decisions (annual budget allotted by the European Commission).

As part of the desk phase, the evaluation team is conducting a systematic literature review (SLR) by coding in Max QDA more than 5,000 documents (ECHO funding decisions, EU policies and funded projects, in addition to academic and other disaster preparedness grey literature). The evaluation team is also interviewing key informants and conducting in-depth case studies on conflict preparedness, climate change preparedness, national government preparedness and multi-risk approaches.  Field work is planned for April and a final report end June 2022.