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Meta-evaluations/syntheses

Between 2001 and 2008 ALNAP published the Review of Humanitarian Action series (prior to 2003 it was called the ALNAP Annual Review). These provided an overall assessment and review of evaluations of humanitarian action in order to identify trends in quality. The goal was to promote learning between humanitarian organisations and from previous experiences by amplifying evaluation findings contained in our Evaluations & Resources library for a wider audience. 

What is a meta-evaluation?

Meta-evaluation is one form of evaluation and is increasingly being used as a means of identifying trends and quality in particular sectors. Our definition of meta-evaluation, adapted from Lipsey (2000) is: ‘[M]eta-analysis and other forms of systematic synthesis of evaluations providing the information resources for a continuous improvement of evaluation practice.’

What was the ALNAP meta-evaluation process?

The meta-evaluation is carried out by two consultants, who independently rate a set of evaluation reports against the ALNAP Quality Pro Forma. The Quality Pro Forma is ALNAP’s evaluation-assessment tool, based on recognised evaluation standards and desirable qualities unique to evaluation of humanitarian action.

Does ALNAP still do meta-evaluations?

In 2010, ALNAP switched from publishing the Review of Humanitarian Action to launching the pilot version of the State of the humanitarian system. This was followed in 2012 by the first edition of the State of the Humanitarian System. The State of the Humanitarian System series provides policy-makers and practitioners an overview of system-wide performance and trends. It looks at funding, recipient perspectives, coordination, timeliness, effectiveness and other important indicators. As part of the methodology, it includes a meta-evaluation.

 

 
 

Important resources

Meta-evaluation

ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action in 2003: Field Level Learning

Meta-evaluation

ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action in 2004: Capacity Building

Meta-evaluation

ALNAP Annual Review 2002, Humanitarian Action: Improving Performance Through Improved Learning

Lessons Learned: the Darfur experience

ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action in 2004: Capacity Building

Synthesis of Findings of Evaluation Reports from 2003

ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action in 2003: Field Level Learning

Synthesis of findings of 2001-2002 evaluation reports

ALNAP Annual Review 2003, Humanitarian Action: Improving Monitoring to Enhance Accountability and Learning

Synthesis of findings of 2000-2001 evaluation reports

ALNAP Annual Review 2002, Humanitarian Action: Improving Performance Through Improved Learning

Evaluations of humanitarian aid in response to the 1999 Kosovo Crisis: Synthesis and meta-evaluation

ALNAP Annual Review 2001, Humanitarian Action: Learning from Evaluation

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