The relief and development profession is filled with groundbreaking research that educates humanitarian practitioners on how to effectively address the needs of individuals before, during, and after a disaster strikes.

Universities, non-governmental organizations, associations like InterAction, all routinely capture the wins and losses seen from their programming. Disaster philanthropy practitioners also have their own canon that document effective giving practices.

To support relief and development needs in the smartest manner possible, it is important that the philanthropic community learn from these vital resources. Here are executive summaries of the best in humanitarian research with links to the original report for further reading.