Concepts

CO-DESIGNING THE STRUCTURE OF THE HUMANITARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA

A three-pronged research approach was designed to identify the key concepts:

1. Examining the terminology used by humanitarian organizations through a content-analysis of strategic and general documents (n=478)

2. Asking humanitarian practitioners about their understanding of concepts and what they perceive as the most salient concepts through a consultative online survey (n=1060)

3. Organizing 9 workshops in various world regions to further explore: What are the most central concepts in day to day practices and why? Which concepts are lacking? Which concept groupings emerge?

The results of these research activities were integrated (triangulated) and allowed to identify 129 key concepts and many more associated concepts. Practitioners thus played a leading role in this concept selection process in 2018. They shape the Humanitarian Encyclopedia architecture. The final selection of 129 key concepts and their associated concepts was validated by the governing bodies in November 2018.