Through its international network of researchers, the Foundation places scientific expertise at the service of action by supporting humanitarian organisations, associations or players from the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in the implementation and evaluation of their activities.

Diagnosis and evaluation

Social science research, by its scientific nature and exacting methods, allows for a detailed understanding of contexts and phenomena which influence the roll-out and results of humanitarian and social interventions. This is why we want the sector’s players to benefit from our researcher’s skills of analysis and expertise.
We therefore offer personalised support for the diagnosis, design and evaluation of projects, through the implementation of research programmes or specific councils. Based over a longer period than consultancy, this enables a real critical contribution, an in-depth understanding of the fields of intervention, and an extensive analysis of the social impact, produced by independent researchers.

Two examples of programmes set up by the Foundation :

> Ebola Programme

An anthropological study on the perceptions of French Red Cross activity in Guinea during the Ebola virus epidemic

At the request of the French Red Cross, the Foundation carried out reflexive research in 2015 and 2016 on the subject of its response to the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea. The programme consisted of two complementary components: a field study, on the one hand, carried out by Anicet Zran, professor and researcher at Alassane Ouattara University (Bouaké – Côte d’Ivoire), examining the perceptions of aid recipient populations in Guinea; and on the other hand, a research day at the Red Cross, led by Alain Epelboin, a medical anthropologist at the CNRS, to allow for feedback from the expatriate personnel deployed in the field.
This programme enabled us to understand the internal and contextual obstacles which hindered the successful implementation of a complex action. It allowed us to compare different points of view and experiences and to give a voice to different misgivings, in order to formulate recommendations for future emergency action. It also gave rise to the publication of a scientific article.


> Strategic support of Associations

Measuring of social impact structuring of development projects

The Foundation supported the associations ACINA (Accueil, Coopération, Insertion des Nouveaux Arrivants) and Un Toit Pour Toi (housing assistance and shelter for the homeless) in the reinforcement of their strategies, the measuring of their social impact, and the structuring of their development projects. To do so, it called upon Ellyx, a support platform specialised in social innovation. Other similar projects have been carried out, and the Foundation is currently developing its own support tools to work alongside associative or SSE players and support social innovation.