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 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 help 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. Iraq is one of the five countries where the surveys will be conducted.

Ground Truth is using a set of tailored questions to track perceptions on key dimensions of humanitarian performance. These dimensions include the relevance, timeliness 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 beneficiary perspectives. The results of the surveys will be shared across the humanitarian sector and humanitarian responders in Iraq.

Project Partners

Mixed Migration Platform (MMP)

Ground Truth Solutions is one of the seven NGOs that have jointly launched a mixed migration platform to deliver research, analysis and policy recommendations for a better understanding of mixed migration patterns in the Middle East and Europe and to enhance the protection of, and information available to, people on the move. The Mixed Migration Platform (MMP), funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation, is an initiative that aims to provide quality information and protection-sensitive analysis to improve decision-making, both for people on the move through the Middle East and Europe, as well as for host governments and humanitarian organisations who are involved in the response. 

Ground Truth Solutions contribution to the platform will be the collection and analysis of feedback about the perceptions of people in different stages of displacement (borderlands, transit countries and states of final destination). Iraq is one of five countries in which Ground Truth will conduct surveys over the course of this project. The surveys will target peoples experience as refugees, migrants or those internally displaced and will focus on their perceptions of the assistance they receive from humanitarian agencies. The data collection will happen in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Data will be collected both through surveys that will be administered over two rounds and through in-depth qualitative research. All findings will be shared locally and across the region to those working at all levels of the response.

The first round of data collection was conducted in March/April 2017. The findings can be found in separated reports on IDP perceptions and refugee perceptions, as well as in the executive summary.

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MMP - IDP Survey
MMP - Refugee Survey
MMP - Executive Summary