Between July 2015 and September 2016 a team from Habitat for Humanity and University College London completed an evidence synthesis on both the process (efficiency) of implementing humanitarian interventions supporting shelter self-recovery and their effects.  It was the first ever attempt to apply systematic review methodology to an assessment of the evidence surrounding humanitarian shelter and settlement interventions in low and middle income countries.  This was one of eight systematic reviews/evidence syntheses completed as part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme – a DFID-funded partnership between Oxfam and the Feinstein International Center.


Theory of change model, research team

The research team:

  1. Developed and tested a theory of change model for humanitarian interventions supporting shelter self-recovery (below)
  2. Mapped and documented existing research;
  3. Identified gaps in existing research and knowledge;
  4. Synthesised the evidence in response to two key research questions.


Model of interventions reviewed and their approach, research team


All outputs from the study are available to download.

These include:

Shelter need coverage of interventions, research team

Further details on the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, and outputs from the other evidence syntheses on different topics, can be found here.  For further information on the shelter evidence synthesis contact