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Evaluating humanitarian action

The ALNAP Guide on Evaluating Humanitarian Action (EHA Guide for short) supports evaluation specialists and non-specialists in every stage of an evaluation, from initial decision to dissemination.

A pilot version of this Guide was first released in June 2013, following a three-year drafting process led by ALNAP, co-authors John Cosgrave and Margie Buchanan-Smith, and supported by an inter-agency advisory group.

10,000 EHA Guide downloads later, ALNAP has gathered feedback from more than 40 organisations participating in the pilot process who tested its content on the ground. We are now working to incorporate these comments and suggestions and will publish the final EHA Guide in fall 2016.

If you have any EHA-related resources that you would like us to consider,
please get in touch.

The EHA Guide Pilot has been only part of our EHA story. Check out the timeline below which outlines other landmarks in this process.

Why a Guide for Evaluating Humanitarian Action?

Evaluation of humanitarian action has indeed evolved and now much technical and organisation-specific guidance exists. Yet this ALNAP Guide paints the whole picture of evaluation in the sector, consolidating the current knowledge about initiating, managing and completing an evaluation of humanitarian action. As such, it offers a common reference point for humanitarian evaluators.

Although evaluation of humanitarian action faces many of the same challenges of other sectors (e.g. international development) a number of these are accentuated due to the volatile contexts in which humanitarians operate and the nature of the work undertaken. For instance, insecurity may limit access to programmes and affected populations, and work may be particularly time-sensitive in nature.

Check out what some evaluators had to say about what has worked for them and what hasn’t when evaluating humanitarian action.


You can connect with other evaluators in the ALNAP Network and ask questions about any EHA issues by joining the
Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice.

Latest discussions from the Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice

23 September: ALNAP EHA Guide launch! Ask the experts

Good morning CoP! I have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of the ALNAP Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) Guide. After over 6 years of work, we will be launching the final version of the Guide on October 10th at 16:00 in London, UK. The event will also be live-s...

9 September: Your CoP - Call for ideas!

Good afternoon CoP! Did we have a nice summer? I do hope so. Neil and I thought the start of the school year would be a good time to take a step back and think of new activities and themes for the CoP. And we would like your inputs! Our aim is that th...

28 July: Invitation to “Learning from Evaluating Humanitarian Education Projects”

Hello CoP colleagues, The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with National Societies around the world have the pleasure of inviting you to our upcoming webinar: “Learning from Evaluating Humanitarian Education Projects”. We invite...

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