The triangulation of the results followed a two-step approach. The first step was to compare the results of the above mentioned three activities. It is worth noting that the number of concepts identified through each research activity is similar, with approximately 300 concepts identified per activity.
As the second step, a working group composed of three Advisory Board members and two Scientific Committee members discussed the relevant criteria to triangulate the research results and test these criteria. This activity facilitated the combination of the selected concepts from the three research activities and the production of one single list.
The criteria used for the final list of concepts, in decreasing order of importance:
- Concepts need to be specific to the humanitarian field or to have a specific meaning in the humanitarian field.
- The selection of concepts needs to be demand-driven.
- The selection needs to take an active stance to promote concepts which are central in non-Western and non-Anglophone culture.
- The selection of concepts needs to keep a balance between different types of concepts.
- Priority shall be given to concepts whose lack of clarity impacts humanitarian action and its enabling environment.
- A proactive attention shall be paid to forward-looking concepts, i.e. concepts which are emerging or are likely to be central in the future of humanitarian action.
The final list containing 129 concepts and associated concepts was proposed to and validated by the dual governing body of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project in November 2019.