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Do we really want to know? The journey to implement empirical research recommendations in the ICRC's responses in Myanmar and Lebanon

Leresche, Enrica, Hossain, Mazeda ORCID: 0000-0002-1878-8145, Rossi, Rodolfo, Truppa, Claudia, Barth, Cornelia Anne, Mactaggart, Islay, Leaning, Jennifer and Singh, Neha (2023) Do we really want to know? The journey to implement empirical research recommendations in the ICRC's responses in Myanmar and Lebanon. Disasters, 47 (2). 437 - 463. ISSN 0361-3666

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Identification Number: 10.1111/disa.12549

Abstract

Efforts to reduce the gap between the research evidence base and humanitarian responses have focused on producing quality evidence and ensuring its use for decision-making. Yet how evidence translates to field-level implementation is not well understood in humanitarian contexts. This study analysed how recommendations produced through academic research partnerships were implemented by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon and Myanmar. Based on implementation theory, the methodology included social network analysis to represent collective dynamics; document reviews to assess implementation; qualitative interviews to understand why actors engaged; and a critical appraisal of these combined results. The application of implementation theory provided information on ‘anticipation of constraints’ (access to information, staff turnover, context specificity and the need to engage a cohesive group). Future research efforts should explicitly focus on identifying and tackling implementation barriers such as power imbalances and ethical dilemmas related to service delivery by humanitarian actors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14677717
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 16:06
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 21:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117581

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