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Research 2012-2014

CaLP's research focus

Gathering evidence through research is one of the ways that CaLP aims to improve cash transfer programming (CTP) implementation and raise awareness about CTP and its use as an appropriate and effective mechanism for emergency response.

How the research topics were identified

A number of potential research topics for 2012- 2014 were identified with the assistance of the CaLP community of practice (CoP), key stakeholders, and a review of recommendations made in previous research. This involved:

  1. Stakeholder Meetings: future research was discussed in meetings held in London and Washington DC in June 2012. 
  2. Survey Monkey: in August 2012 a survey was launched to canvas the CaLP CoP for their perspectives on research themes. 135 members of the CoP participated and highlighted the following themes:
  • The linkage between emergency CTP and social protection systems
  • The 'cost-effectiveness' of emergency CTP
  • Emergency CTP and market assessment
  • Working with the private sector to implement emergency CTP
  • Complaint mechanisms and accountability in emergency CTP
  • Emergency CTP and DRM/resilience
  1. Previous research: recommendations made in previous research were reviewed to identify the most pressing and urgent aspects that CaLP could take forward.

What are the 2012 – 2014 research topics?

CaLP's research for 2012 – 2014 focused on the following subject areas. 

  1. E-transfers: Cost-effectiveness research, Implementation guidelines and Code of conduct
  2. Minimum requirements for market analysis in emergencies
  3. "Fit for the future"
  4. Research gaps and way forward

Disseminating research findings

As with every piece of research, CaLP disseminated the research findings to the CoP to enhance the capacity of practitioners to improve the quality of CTP in emergencies, and to improve decision making and programming across the sector.

The dissemination strategy included promotion of the research through the CaLP CoP, e-newsletter and web platform and global / regional CaLP learning events for practitioners and decision makers. 

Furthermore, the outputs and recommendations fed into targeted advocacy on issues relevant to improved emergency CTP. Research fed directly into (and in some cases defined) CaLP’s global and national-level advocacy. Additionally, learning events were designed to include the key actors that were identified in the research recommendations.