Re-Thinking the Focus of Rapid Needs Assessments
Focusing on the livelihoods of vulnerable families in the aftermath of the Türkiye/Syria earthquake
The Lab is the center of Proximity's innovation and learning. It's our space to refine ideas, pilot new approaches, test hypotheses, and disseminate findings. The Lab sits at the nexus of our program design and delivery. It is how we improve and how our real-life operational problems get solved.
The Lab hosts fellows to support its innovation. We provide our fellows with access to expansive, on-the-ground teams of enumerators in volatile contexts and facilitate research permissions and industry introductions. This access enables researchers to collect robust qualitative and quantitative data in contexts where independent fieldwork is unsafe and logistically difficult. We also provide our fellows with research guidance and support.Our fellowships are open to humanitarian and development practitioners as well as junior and senior scholars. Please get in touch if you think you would be a good fit for our fellowship program – or would like to find out more!
Within the Lab, we undertake self-funded research to give back to the communities we serve. Our work amplifies the voices and builds the capacity of the communities that we serve. We also help to strengthen the humanitarian aid and development sectors by identifying gaps and redundancies, allowing for better coordination between actors.
At the end of 2021, Proximity deployed its standing research teams in the West Bank and Gaza to speak with Palestinian women about the impact of Covid on their livelihoods.
The research sought to add to existing quantitative data by sharing the stories of Palestinian women and thereby amplifying voices that were frequently lost amidst the pandemic. The research focused on how Covid affected:
"What the MEL?" is a Proximity-powered podcast. It is a space for in-depth, honest discussions on all things research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning for humanitarian aid and development. The podcast is co-hosted by Ezra Karmel and Richard Harrison and each episode features interesting new guests from the worlds of MEL and programming.
We're always open to suggestions about the podcast.
Given high levels of vaccine reluctance in Jordan, Proximity conducted a nation-wide survey in the summer of 2021. The research aimed to better understand perceptions and behaviors around the vaccine and thereby support efforts to increase vaccine acceptance and distribution.
The survey was administered to 1266 residents of Jordan, covering the north, center, and south, as well as urban and rural areas. It was conducted both online and in person via Proximity’s established network of Field Monitors. The results of this self-funded research have been distilled into an interactive dashboard.