Coverage, Operational Reach and Effectiveness (CORE)

CORE is the latest data-driven initiative by Humanitarian Outcomes to provide quantifiable measures on the size of the humanitarian sector as well as its capacity and reach in crisis-affected countries.
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Humanitarian Outcomes' programme on Coverage, Operational Reach, and Effectiveness (CORE) is a data-intensive study that probes the size and scope of global humanitarian response, with a particular focus on conflict-affected countries that pose challenges to humanitarian access.

CORE’s first pillar is the Global Database of Humanitarian Organisations (GDHO), which tracks information on the programme expenditure, staff size, countries of operation and other key information on humanitarian providers worldwide. This data, combined with our methodology for calculating rigorous estimates, is helping to fill a critical gap in the empirical evidence base in the humanitarian sector. 

The second pillar is the Survey on Coverage, Operational Reach, and Effectiveness (SCORE). SCORE focuses on crisis contexts that are difficult to access and conducts remote surveys of people living there to learn what they see as the biggest constraints to their accessing vital relief aid, and which humanitarian actors are the most operationally present and effective. The SCORE reports feature these high-performing actors and highlight lessons and good practices in hard-to-access settings.

CORE receives ongoing funding support from USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). It builds upon findings from the Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) programme, 2013-2016, which was funded by the UK government's Department for International Development (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office).

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