OECD Field Survey and Analysis Project
During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, leading donors and aid providers agreed to the Grand Bargain, a shared commitment to better serve people in need. Ground Truth Solutions is partnering with the OECD secretariat to provide a baseline against which to track the impact of the reforms set out in the Grand Bargain over time. By surveying crisis-affected people and staff in a select group of humanitarian contexts, the goal is to gauge the impact of the commitments in the bargain to find out how humanitarian operations in each country are perceived by recipients of aid and staff responsible for programme implementation on the ground.
Targeted countries represent a diverse set of humanitarian contexts, ranging from natural disasters and conflict-related crises to emergencies and protracted settings. Ground Truth Solutions is gathering data from affected people as well as frontline workers in order to provide insight on whether and how reforms set out in the bargain promote more effective and responsive aid. In Afghanistan, the affected people survey will be conducted with representative samples across 12 provinces with internally displaced people, Afghan returnees and Pakistani refugees.
Ground Truth is using a set of tailored questions to track perceptions on key dimensions of humanitarian performance. These dimensions include the relevance and effectiveness of services, the relationship between aid providers and crisis-affected people, their sense of empowerment, and the outcomes of humanitarian action. Ground Truth’s Constituent Voice™ methodology will provide a framework to establish a baseline of affected people’s perspectives. The results of the surveys will be shared across the humanitarian sector and humanitarian responders in Afghanistan.
Monitoring perceptions of affected people
to optimize cash transfer programming
The potentially positive effects of Cash-Transfer Programming (CTP) have been demonstrated many times over. But how does the humanitarian ‘cash revolution’ present itself to those who are intended to benefit from it? What concerns do affected people have, and how can their perspective help inform a more effective roll-out of cash-based programmes? Ground Truth Solutions, together with the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), is piloting the global Cash Barometer to find out more.
Based on Ground Truth Solutions’ tested approach to collecting and responding to feedback in humanitarian settings, the Barometer will combine standardized face-to-face and mobile surveys with qualitative data collection. It will ask a small number of questions relating to the relevance and effectiveness of cash-based assistance—both on its own merits and compared to and in combination with other programming modalities. Focus areas revolve around the impact of cash transfers on people’s sense of agency and dignity, as well as potential risks of cash programming.
Ground Truth Solutions is currently piloting the Cash Barometer in Afghanistan. Our approach at the country level will be tailored to the information demand of humanitarian decision-makers and affected people on the ground. Anonymous perception data will be collected at regular intervals and all findings will be shared with humanitarian agencies, policymakers, and affected people. Ground Truth will triangulate feedback with data from surveys across the globe to provide additional analysis. Based on this pilot, Ground Truth Solutions and partners will refine the approach and roll out the Barometer in additional humanitarian contexts.