There has been considerable work done in the field of MHPSS programming in humanitarian settings over the past five years, with over 82 distinct research studies documented in the field. However, the current knowledge base suggests the need to improve the breadth of evidence on their effectiveness by rigorously testing applications of already existing interventions through experimental or hybrid implementation-effectiveness designs. Furthermore, consistent approaches to measuring MHPSS outcomes across different settings are needed to identify the impact of these interventions on a broader range of social and behavioral dimensions.

To address this gap and accelerate data liberation and evidence use related to community-level MHPSS interventions, USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project provided funding to support four intervention studies in Bangladesh, Colombia, Uganda, Ecuador, Panama that provide community-based MHPSS interventions to trauma impacted populations such as refugees, survivors of gender-based violence, and conflict-affected communities. A fifth, related study is being funded by GIZ and is being implemented by War Child in Jordan. 

Learn more about these studies by clicking on the corresponding tabs below.

Baby Friendly Spaces for refugee mothers and malnourished children in Cox’s Bazar

Community-based psychosocial group intervention for Afro-Colombian adults exposed to armed conflict

Nurturing Families Programme for vulnerable Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi families

Coping skills training for displaced and host community women

Journey of Life psychosocial support intervention for conflict-affected populations