Operational Partners

An Operational Partner is an organization which employs technology in their on-the-ground humanitarian efforts. In the spirit of the DNDH Goals, DNDH Partners agree to:

1. Provide Access and Logistical Support: In order to engage in participatory research and assessment activities, Operational Partners will share scoped access to relevant databases, workflows, internal documents and strategies, and technology prototypes to DRA and the Functional Partners aligned with the Operational Partner’s Engagement Set. Working in operational environments will also require that partners and host agencies provide the appropriate logistical and security support.

2. Commit to Field Test Potential Solutions: Responsible experimentation in operational environments requires a commitment to field testing and piloting potential processes and tools under DNDH. Operational Partners can support by providing the necessary political, network, and logistical support to do this properly, as well as candidly and accurately reporting the results.

3. Commit to Implement Solutions that Work: Operational Partners should be ready to commit to scaling up responsible solutions and metrics that work in field tests as well as integrating new knowledge generated by DNDH in the development of new programs, strategies, and tools.

4. Advocate What Works; Be Transparent About What Doesn’t: Craft and publish messaging to support the work of DNDH. Advocate for DNDH findings and solutions in high-level policy conversations. Be internally transparent around what doesn’t work.

Apply to be an Operational Partner

Functional Partners

A Functional Partner is an organization which possesses an ability or tool (Specialty) which can be used in service of DNDH Goals. A Functional Partner will operate within one or more Engagement Sets to bring their Operational Partner more in line with DNDH Goals. In the spirit of the DNDH Goals, DNDH Partners agree to:


1. Provide Logistical Support: Functional Partners are selected because their Specialty is required for the success of the Engagement Set. Functional Partners will provide their Specialty for at least the duration of the Engagement Set, as well as any instruction, equipment, or ancillary tools required for the full benefit of the Specialty.


2. Disclose Material Information: In order to engage in participatory research and assessment activities, Functional Partners will share technology prototypes to DRA and the Functional Partners aligned with the Operational Partner’s Engagement Set. Working in operational environments will also require that partners and host agencies provide the appropriate logistical and security support.


3. Commit to Field Test Potential Solutions: Responsible experimentation in operational environments requires a commitment to field testing and piloting potential processes and tools under DNDH. These potential solutions may involve adjustments to the Functional Partner’s Specialty itself. Functional Partners can support by providing the necessary political, network, and logistical support to do this properly, as well as candidly and accurately reporting the results.


4. Commit to Implement Solutions that Work: Partners should be ready to commit to scaling up responsible adjustments to their Specialty that work in field tests as well as integrating new knowledge generated by DNDH in the development of new programs, strategies, and tools.


5. Advocate What Works; Be Transparent About What Doesn’t: Craft and publish messaging to support the work of DNDH. Advocate for DNDH findings and solutions in high-level policy conversations. Be internally transparent around what doesn’t work.

Apply to be a Functional Partner

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