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One of the key pillars of effective humanitarian response is the collection of quality data to improve decision making and support advocacy efforts. As needs grow and funding gaps widen, humanitarians are being called upon to strengthen the design, quality, and effectiveness of the programmes being implemented, and to establish knowledge-driven foundations upon which better and more coordinated responses can be developed. 

Informed Programming tackles this increasingly central topic, providing a detailed overview of UNFPA’s experience across multiple complex humanitarian settings in the region. This UNFPA Knowledge Series guide aims to support staff working in the fields of monitoring and evaluation, information management, and those overseeing programmes to gather and make use of humanitarian programme data to improve decision making and support advocacy efforts. 

This guide also provides a set of good practices and lessons learned in the collection, analysis and presentation of UNFPA programme data with a focus on how this can help inform UNFPA’s humanitarian responses and remain accountable to both the people we serve and the donors that fund UNFPA programmes.