As well as delivering emergency medical aid to those affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare, we're also involved in medical research and reflection. Evaluation and operational research contribute to better understanding the contexts we work in and the projects we implement. This helps improve the effectiveness and quality of the medical care we deliver, and provides us with the tools to convince others to take action or change their treatment protocols.
Research and reflection centres
Each MSF Operational Centre has its own Research and Reflection Centre. The purpose of these centres is to inspire debate and critical reflection on field practices and public positions, to improve the way our projects are implemented in the field and to participate in critical reflection on humanitarian and medical action. The centres also aim to give humanitarian workers the means to reflect on their own practices and challenges.
Lessons learned are then fed back into our operations, while at the same time giving visibility to practical and operational constraints in humanitarian practice.
Centre de Réflexion sur l'Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires (CRASH)
Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH)
Applied Reflection on Humanitarian Practice (ARHP)
Formal evaluation processes are an integral part of our work. We actively seek transparency and accountability to improve the relevance, effectiveness and quality of our interventions.
Evaluations are a tool for assessing the potential and limitations of medical humanitarian action, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of our work. Through in-depth analysis and tested methodologies, evaluations may help explain why some activities are successful while others are not, and this information is used to improve approaches and methods applied in our work. Evaluation also provides our governance, donors and beneficiaries with documentation about the use and the results of our work. This way, evaluations contribute to accountability within MSF and beyond.
Evaluation Units have been established in Vienna, Stockholm, and Paris.
The Luxembourg Operational Research (LuxOR) unit coordinates field research projects and operational research training, and provides support for documentation activities and routine data collection. Its goal is to improve healthcare delivery and policy by dissemination of research results including conference presentations and publications.