OECD Field Survey and Analysis Project

International donors and humanitarian actors committed themselves at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance. The OECD secretariat commissioned Ground Truth Solutions to track first-hand how people affected by humanitarian crises – as well as the humanitarian field staff who implement humanitarian programmes – perceive the reforms spelled out in the Grand Bargain document.

Ground Truth Solutions developed three survey instruments to measure both the implementation and the effects of these reforms.

  • The goal of the first set of surveys is to gather feedback from affected people on the provision of humanitarian aid and track how perceptions evolve over time.
  • The second survey instrument collects feedback from field staff on how Grand Bargain themes are being carried out and provides a baseline to track their progress and impact.
  • The third survey instrument looks at relations among international agencies and local partners in the context of empowering the latter to play a larger role in humanitarian relief operations.

The reports of surveys conducted in Haiti can be downloaded below.


Field Survey and Analysis

Survey of Affected People & Field Staff EN / FR

Survey of Local Partner Organisations EN / FR


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Acting on feedback after the earthquake

After the Haitian earthquake in January 2010, governments from around the world committed significant amounts of money to support the country’s relief and recovery efforts. Despite the growing emphasis on transparency and accountability, the Haiti relief programme faced many challenges in this area.  The aim of this first pilot project implemented by Ground Truth was to test our methodology in the context of three different programs designed to relocate people still in camps and help integrate them into neighborhoods across Port au Prince. Our partners on the ground were Concern Worldwide, OXFAM GB, and J/P HRO.

The focus was practical: collecting, analyzing and, where possible, responding to the feedback of affected people in the Boliman, Petionville and Duval neighborhoods. The starting point was to work with line managers in our partner agencies to develop a list of questions based on the ‘theories of change’ driving their programs and grounded in the experience of the people they set out to help. Our light-touch approach means asking very few questions, so we put a lot of effort into coming up with clear questions likely to elicit ‘actionable’ feedback. Just five questions were asked per survey. These related to the relevance of the programs in meeting priority needs, protection/integration, trust in the implementing agencies, the sustainability of the programs, and affected populations’ own sense of ‘agency’ – their willingness to play their part.

One of the particularities of the Ground Truth approach is to ask questions frequently. In Haiti, our goal was every three months. We asked the same questions in each round so that our operational agency partners could use the time series data to manage their programs. In Haiti we worked on data collection with the Fonds de Parrainage National (FPN), a Haitian social science research organization. Their enumerators used a survey form loaded on smart phones and asked questions face-to-face. We also tried collecting data using an Interactive Voice Response system (IVR), although results were mixed. More successful was having enumerators calling people direct.

In all, there were 4 rounds of data collection between June 2013 and April 2014. The goal was to provide a regular stream of data from stakeholders over a period long enough for aid providers to respond and for affected populations to see that their feedback was being taken into account

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